GrUpKazerooni recounts his experience as ayear old Iranian refugee beginning a new life at a British boarding school Readers follow along as he adapts to being a new student learning the English language, adjusting to British culture, and making friends Unfortunately, he has a neglectful and abusive guardian who offers little support During the holidays, Kazerooni is forced to work making sandwiches and live on his own in a small building He finds relief only through infrequent calls to his mother and the kindness of his guardian s in laws, who take him in during the holidays and provide him treats and money When it is time to go to high school, Kazerooni wins a scholarship, but his guardian s neglect eventually leads to Kazerooni s homelessness at night even as he attends an elite school by day, forcing him to take care of himself, alone Readers not familiar with Kazerooni s previous work may be lost at the beginning of the book, as there is no previous history presented However, the narrative becomescompelling as it details the highs and lows of the author s boarding school life and his eventual homelessness He tells his story with candor, and his resourcefulness and resolve in a terrible situation are inspiring VERDICT This fitting sequel to Kazerooni s previous memoir should appeal to high schoolers and young adults looking for an uplifting survival storyMargaret Nunes, Gwinnett County Public Library, GAThis fitting sequel to Kazeroonis previous memoir should appeal to high schoolers and young adults looking for an uplifting survival story School Library Journal, Juneissue


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