Darius the Great is Not Okay

Title

Darius the Great is Not Okay

Authors

Adib Khorram

Publisher

Dial Books

Publication Year

2018

ISBN

9780525552963

Pages

314 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

Darius Kellner speaks better Klingon than Farsi, and he knows more about Hobbit social cues than Persian ones. He's a Fractional Persian -- half, his mom's side -- and his first ever trip to Iran is about to change his life. Darius has never really fit in at home, and he's sure things are going to be the same in Iran. His clinical depression doesn't exactly help matters, and trying to explain his medication to his grandparents only makes things harder. Then Darius meets Sohrab, the boy next door, and everything changes. Soon, they're spending their days together, playing soccer, eating faludeh, and talking for hours on a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. Sohrab calls him Darioush the original Farsi version of his name -- and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he's Darioush to Sohrab. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, Adib Khorram's brilliant debut is for anyone who's ever felt not good enough then met a friend who makes them feel so much better than okay.

Grade Level

6-8; 9-12

Lexile Measure

HL710L

Diversity Topics

Racial Diversity; Culture/Ethnicity; Disability and Health; Biracial; Race discrimination; Bicultural; Bilingual; Immigrants and refugees; Mental illness; biracial teenager; racism; bicultural family; bicultural teenager; bilingual family; immigrant mother; depression

Main Character

male teenager

Race/Ethnicities

Asian (Persian) / White

Family Formation

mother and father

Awards

Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2018-2019, Winner, Young Adult
Asian Pacific American Award for Literature, 2019, Winner, Young Adult
Cybils Awards, 2018, Finalist, Young Adult Fiction
William C. Morris Award, 2019, Finalist
Amazon Editors' Picks: Best Books of the Year, 2018 Young Adult
Best Books for Teens, 2018
Best Children and YA Books, 2018 Young Adults
Choices, 2019 Fiction Young Adult
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019 Young Adult Fiction

Keywords

Iran; extended family; friendship; travel; tea; Star Trek; coming-of-age; bullying; soccer

Diversity Impact

direct

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