Monday, May 14, 2018

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel by Firoozeh Dumas

It Ain't So Awful, Falafel
Firoozeh Dumas

About the Book

Zomorod (Cindy) Yousefzadeh is the new kid on the block . . . for the fourth time. California’s Newport Beach is her family’s latest perch, and she’s determined to shuck her brainy loner persona and start afresh with a new Brady Bunch name—Cindy. It’s the late 1970s, and fitting in becomes more difficult as Iran makes U.S. headlines with protests, revolution, and finally the taking of American hostages. Even puka shell necklaces, pool parties, and flying fish can't distract Cindy from the anti-Iran sentiments that creep way too close to home.

Read a Sample of this Book.

A Teacher’s Guide to It Ain’t So Awful, Falafel 

Vocabulary Words
Nomadic (p. 2)                   vent (p. 51)                          deface (p. 59)              
interjects (p.87)                  impending (p. 123)              effigies (p. 139)         
exile (p. 145)                      monotheism (p. 149)           monopoly (p. 150)         
monogamy (p.150)             monocle (p. 150)                 sarcasm (p. 203)     
gumption (p.204)                vendetta (p. 241)                 revenge (p. 241)        
foray (p. 242)                     ominously (p. 246)              ruminate (p. 251)       
perpetrator (p.255)              culprit (p. 266)                    equilibrium (p. 300)       
riveted (p.311)                    magnanimously (p. 318)     commission (p. 329)      
hospitable (p. 336)              conflicted (p. 346)

How to make fesenjoon, truly one of the most delicious Persian stews. And as Zomorod says, “It does not taste like mud at all.”

How to make an origami boat, like the one Zomorod makes for David.

Vocabulary Activity

Writing about a new vocabulary word can help you understand the word.
  1. Choose at least 10 words you do not know as you read this book.
  2. Write the sentence from the novel that contains the vocabulary word and page number.
  3. What is the definition of the word?
  4. Can you use it in your own sentence?
  5. Explain how the word connects to the story. 
Make a MCBA vocabulary book of other words in this book and all the 
other MCBA books you read.