Themes: Racism, Coming of Age, Trust, Family, Traditions, Bullying
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade /Reading Level: Grades 7 – 12
Fountas and Pinnell Level: N
Sami finds himself in a position that no one should find themselves in. What do you do when you start to question the actions of those you trust the most? Sami’s father enrolled him in a private school where he is the only Muslim student. He is bullied at his school, but he does have two best friends who attend the local public school. Sami is suspicious about his father’s motivations behind recent occurrances including the cancellation of a planned son-father weekend, and the accusation of stolen chemicals from his workplace. Sami finds himself dragging his buddies along in trying to defend his father after he is arrested by the FBI. The surprise ending was the selling point when sharing this story with my students and colleagues.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd (Feb 26 2010)