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Taking cover : one girl's story of growing up during the Iranian Revolution
2019
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Publishing to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, a coming-of-age memoir describes how the author moved as a child from the U.S. to 1979 Tehran, where formidable new laws imposed dire restrictions on everyday freedoms. Simultaneous eBook. - (Baker & Taylor)

This coming-of-age memoir, set during the Iranian Revolution, tells the true story of a young girl who moves to Tehran from the U.S. and has to adjust to living in a new country, learning a new language, and starting a new school during one of the most turbulent periods in Iran's history.

When five-year-old Nioucha Homayoonfar moves from the U.S. to Iran in 1976, its open society means a life with dancing, women's rights, and other freedoms. But soon the revolution erupts and the rules of life in Iran change. Religion classes become mandatory. Nioucha has to cover her head and wear robes. Opinions at school are not welcome. Her cousin is captured and tortured after he is caught trying to leave the country. And yet, in the midst of so much change and challenge, Nioucha is still just a girl who wants to play with her friends, please her parents, listen to pop music, and, eventually, have a boyfriend. Will she ever get used to this new culture? Can she break the rules without consequences? Nioucha's story sheds light on the timely conversation about religious, political, and social freedom, publishing in time for the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution. - (Random House, Inc.)

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Franco-Iranian Homayoonfar's memoir focuses on her childhood, from ages 5 to 16 (1976–87), spent in Tehran. In episodic, themed chapters, she describes her early years at a French-Persian school where portraits of the Shah were replaced with those of Ayatollah Khomeini; vacation trips to the Caspian Sea, where western music was welcome inside her house but not in public; and frequent bombings by Iraqi forces that Homayoonfar tried to minimize for her frightened younger brother as fireworks. Ever-tightening government restrictions permeate the narrative: a friend's father is executed because he previously worked for the Shah; a great uncle disappears to Switzerland; and increasingly harsh and proscriptive religion classes (required of all Muslim students) prompt Homayoonfar to declare she is Christian, resulting in further scrutiny of her already surveilled family. In the most dramatic episode, Homayoonfar details her arrest and detainment by Islamic religious police for walking in public with a small triangle of neck skin visible. Equal parts engrossing and infuriating, this serves as a reminder of how easily freedoms taken for granted can slip away. Grades 5-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Table of Contents

Foreword 7(4)
Firoozeh Dumas
Chapter 1 Fury, 1986 (Part 1)
11(6)
Chapter 2 Revolution, 1979
17(12)
Chapter 3 Acting, 1980
29(12)
Chapter 4 Retreat, Summer 1980
41(18)
Chapter 5 Rebellion, 1980--1981
59(14)
Chapter 6 War, 1981
73(12)
Chapter 7 Expectations, 1982
85(10)
Chapter 8 Spaces, 1983
95(14)
Chapter 9 Hiding, 1984
109(8)
Chapter 10 Love, 1984
117(20)
Chapter 11 Fury, 1986 (Part 2)
137(6)
Chapter 12 Departure, 1987
143(9)
Afterword 152

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