Written by Darcey Rosenblatt
Published by Square Fish
In 1982, twelve-year-old Reza has no interest in joining Iran’s war effort. But in the wake of a tragedy and at his mother’s urging, he decides to enlist, assured by the authorities that he will achieve paradise should he die in service to his country. War does not bring the glory the boys of Iran have been promised, and Reza soon finds himself held in a prisoner-of-war camp in Iraq, where the guards not only threaten violence they act upon it. Will Reza make it out alive? And if he does, will he even have a home to return to? In this unforgettable tale of friendship and survival against the odds, Reza finds solace through music and forges his own path, wherever that might take him.
Primary ISBN: 9781627797580
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Middle Grade, Age 10 or older
Community Represented: Iranian/Iranian American, Iraqi/Iraqi American
Themes: Family Separation: By Detention, Human Rights Violation: Child Soldiers, Loss of Childhood, Trauma & Healing: Death of Family or Friend
Setting: Iran, Iraq
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: In Home Country
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