Everything Sad Is Untrue: (a true story)

Category: Book
By (author): Nayeri, Daniel
Subject:  JUVENILE FICTION / Age 10-14
  JUVENILE FICTION / Biographical / General
  JUVENILE FICTION / Family / Multigenerational
  JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Emigration & Immigration
Audience: children/juvenile
Publisher: Levine Querido c/o Chronicle Books
Published: August 2020
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 8.60in x 5.95in x 1.30in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls "Daniel") stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much.

But Khosrou's stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy.and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan.

We bounce between a school bus of kids armed with paper clip missiles and spitballs to the heroines and heroes of Khosrou's family's past, who ate pastries that made people weep and cry "Akh, Tamar!" and touched carpets woven with precious gems.

Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, Daniel weaves a tale to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story).

It is Daniel's.
Review Quote*"A distinctive voice. A rare treasure of a book." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
Review Quote*"A modern epic." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Review Quote*"Poignant and powerful. A story of heartbreak and resilience." -Foreward Reviews, starred review
Review Quote*"A story that soars. Readers will be transported."-The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Biographical NoteDaniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the publisher of Odd Dot, an imprint of Macmillan, making him one of the youngest publishers in the industry. He has served on the CBC diversity committee and the CBC panel committee.