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Americanized : rebel without a green card  Cover Image Book Book

Americanized : rebel without a green card / Sara Saedi.

Saedi, Sara, (author.).

Record details

  • ISBN: 1524717797
  • ISBN: 1524717800
  • ISBN: 1524717827
  • ISBN: 9781524717797
  • ISBN: 9781524717803
  • ISBN: 9781524717827
  • Physical Description: 280 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2018]

Content descriptions

General Note:
"A memoir"--Cover
Formatted Contents Note:
A brief (but juicy) history of my birthplace (and my birth) -- Partners in immigration crime -- What's the difference between being Persian and being Iranian -- Sporting the Frida Kahlo -- What do Iranians have against Sally Field? -- Love and other drugs -- My Muslim grandmother and me -- Why do Iranians keep watering cans in their bathrooms? -- I didn't ask to raise this anchor baby -- Rhinoplasty acne-pocalypse -- What is the deal with Iranian weddings? -- Thick as thieves -- Divorce: Illegal immigrant-style -- Why do Iranians always argue over the bill? -- I am a product of incest -- Home, sweet homeless -- Why the hell is it the year 1396 in Iran? -- Sex, prom, and other catastrophes -- Illegal immigrant problems -- I'm undocumented and I'm scared. Any words of advice? -- I am a spork -- An open letter to myself -- Your illegal immigrant refresher course!
Summary, etc.:
"At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom. This moving, often hilarious story is for anyone who has ever shared either fear."--Jacket flap
Target Audience Note:
1030L Lexile.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 7.5 11.0.
Awards Note:
BCCB Blue Ribbons: Nonfiction, 2018
Chicago Public Library Best Teen Nonfiction, 2018
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, 2018
Notable Social Studies Trade Books, for Young People, 2019
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018
Subject: Saedi, Sara.
Families > California > Biography.
Noncitizens > Biography.
Immigrants > Biography.
Iranian Americans > Biography.
California > History > 20th century.
Illegal immigration.
Family life > California.
Illegal immigration.
Saedi, Sara.
Family members > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Young adult literature.
Young adult literature.
Young adult non-fiction.

Available copies

  • 29 of 30 copies available at Bibliomation.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Slater Public Library - Griswold. (Show)


  • 0 current holds with 30 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Slater Public Library - Griswold B SAEDI (Text) 31252153182183 Adult Biography Available -
Ansonia Public Library YA 921 SAE (Text) 34045138758797 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Beardsley & Memorial Library - Winsted YA SAEDI (Text) 33750000073029 Young Adult Fiction Available -
Beardsley Branch - Bridgeport YA B SAEDI (Text) 34000081361792 Young Adult Nonfiction Available -
Bethel Public Library TEEN BIO SAEDI (Text) 34030141667151 Teen Biography Available -
Bolton High School B SAE (Text) 34062141570465 Biography Available -
Burnham Library - Bridgewater TEEN B SAEDI (Text) 36937000616723 Teen Available -
C.H. Booth Library - Newtown YA B SAEDI (Text) 34014138133682 Young Adult Biography Available -
Easton Public Library YA BIO Saedi, Sara SAEDI, SARA (Text) 37777119020600 Young Adult Biography Available -
Howard Whittemore Library - Naugatuck YA B SAEDI, SARA (Text) 34027142239212 Young Adult New Biography Available -

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