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About Darius the Great is Not Okay

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.

“Heartfelt, tender, and so utterly real. I’d live in this book forever if I could.”
—Becky Albertalli, award-winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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 Persian version of his name—and Darius has never felt more like himself than he does now that he’s Darioush to Sohrab.
 
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.

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DARIUS THE GREAT is #Relatable & You Can Read It Now!

If you like making Tolkien references and watching Star Trek you’ll love Darius, a teenage tea enthusiast who’s half Persian and who feels constantly out of place. Interested? You can read the first few chapters below! Dive into Darius the Great is Not Okay for a touching story of self discovery that spans continents and … Continued
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Penguin Teen Celebrates Persian New Year: A Conversation Between Arvin Ahmadi and Adib Khorram

Today is the first day of spring and also the start of the Persian New Year, or Nowruz (or Norooz, or Nawruz, more on that in a bit). Celebrated at the moment of the vernal equinox, Nowruz is a secular holiday that has been celebrated for over 3,000 years. In Iran, it’s the start of … Continued
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Meet Darius, He is Better Than Okay, He is REALLY Great

If you’re reading this, you probably love books. Which means we have a lot in common. We’ve all probably rainbowed our shelves, lined up for book signings, cried over fictional characters, and chosen books over underwear when packing for trips (ESSENTIALS PEOPLE!!!). But we also probably have a few other things in common, and not … Continued
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See the EXCLUSIVE Cover Reveal for DARIUS THE GREAT IS NOT OKAY

Author Adib Khorram and cover designer Samira Iravani met up on G-Chat to discuss the process that went into designing the cover for Khorram’s upcoming debut novel Darius the Great is Not Okay and their shared Iranian heritage. Read their Q&A, learn more about the book, and see the cover below!   Samira Iravani: Hello! Adib Khorram: Hello! … Continued
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Every Book On Sale in August 2018!

There’s only one more month of summer left, and we’ve got every book you’ll want to read before heading back to school this fall! August 2018 is packed with amazing titles you DON’T want to miss. So soak up the last of the summer sun with these fantastic releases and brand new paperbacks!   8/7: … Continued
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What to Read If You’re Graduating & Don’t Know What To Do With Your Life

Listen, we get you. Graduating is HARD! You’ve spent so many years on a path that was decided for you before you could talk, and now all of a sudden there are too many options on what to do next (or sometimes not enough). Do you go to college or graduate school? Get a job? … Continued
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