Bound To Stay Bound

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 Americanized : rebel without a green card
 Author: Saedi, Sara

 Publisher:  Ember (2019)

 Dewey: 305.891
 Classification: Biography
 Physical Description: 291 p., ill., 22 cm

 BTSB No: 774501 ISBN: 9781524717797
 Ages: 14-18 Grades: 9-12

 Saedi, Sara
 Iranian Americans -- Biography
 Family life -- California -- Biography
 Immigrants -- Biography
 Unauthorized immigrants -- Biography
 California -- History -- 20th century

Price: $9.83

In San Jose, California, in the 1990s, teenaged Sara keeps a diary of life as an Iranian American and her discovery that she and her family entered as undocumented immigrants.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: UG
   Reading Level: 7.50
   Points: 11.0   Quiz: 195046
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: 9-12
   Reading Level: 9.20
   Points: 15.0   Quiz: 72584

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 02/01/2018 Gr 9 Up—Readers will laugh, cry, and empathize with Saedi's adolescent journey as an undocumented Iranian immigrant living in the United States. Her memoir recounts the discovery of her undcoumented status as a teen and the naturalization process in her early adulthood. Saedi paints a clear picture of the financial hurdles her family faced as they rebuilt a life in a new country, the legal implications of not having a Social Security number, and the sharp contrast between her mother's teenage years and her own. Readers will laugh at the author's honest portrayals of awkward high school experiences and understand the anxiety that comes with the constant fear of deportation. The memoir tackles complex topics of immigration, sex, alcohol, cultural stereotypes, and what it means to navigate life between two cultures. Filled with pop culture references, journal excerpts, photographs, and relatable coming-of-age content, this book will keep readers fully entertained while pushing them to deeper cultural understandings. VERDICT A must-purchase for memoir collections.—Monica Cabarcas, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville, VA - Copyright 2018 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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