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Announcing Between the Pages book of the month for August 2020


It’s already August and I’ve done nothing but stay at home, but that’s ok, because today, I’m announcing Between the Pages book of the month for August. So, for August, we shall be reading Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram! I’ve heard nothing but great things about this so I’m hoping that this will be a great read for everyone. It sounds awesome and I’m looking forward to reading it and I hope everyone else is too.

Here the synopsis.

Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran.

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He’s about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it’s pretty overwhelming—especially when he’s also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom’s family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything.

Sohrab makes sure people speak English so Darius can understand what’s going on. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, best friends don’t have to talk. Darius has never had a true friend before, but now he’s spending his days with Sohrab playing soccer, eating rosewater ice cream, and sitting together for hours in their special place, a rooftop overlooking the Yazdi skyline.

Sohrab calls him Darioush—the original Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab. When it’s time to go home to America, he’ll have to find a way to be Darioush on his own.

And there you go. I hope everyone will like this, wear a mask if you’re required to, stay safe and happy reading!