Join us to discuss our next radical read, Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram.
"Darius doesn't think he'll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this unforgettable debut introduces a brilliant new voice in contemporary YA.
Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's about to take his first-ever trip to Iran, and it's pretty overwhelming--especially when he's also dealing with clinical depression, a disapproving dad, and a chronically anemic social life. In Iran, he gets to know his ailing but still formidable grandfather, his loving grandmother, and the rest of his mom's family for the first time. And he meets Sohrab, the boy next door who changes everything."
"I’ve written in some weird places. A raccoon infested hut. Backstage at a symphony concert. A sweltering 100-foot tent built over a tennis court. The dark corner of a ballroom in Lisbon. My day job keeps me busy, but at least it gives me plenty of opportunities to change up my writing routine."
–Adib Khorram, author of Darius the Great Is Not Okay
Teens are always welcome to come to discuss previous month's reads! Previous reads include:
- Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
- Radius of Us by Marie Marquadt
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu
- The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline.
What does the word "radical" mean to you? Today, we use it to mean something is "cool," or "far out," but it literally means "of or pertaining to the root, having roots." Come discuss this and other unconventional ideas in the Teen Space. Every month we will read a new book or books focused on a chosen topic. We will challenge each other's thinking and engage in thoughtful debate, grounded in monthly readings of fiction and non-fiction. Readings will be chosen by YOU, the teens, every month and correspond to worldly topics or problems in society. With some thoughtful discussion and a little imagination, maybe we can build a better future.