Here to Stay
Here to Stay
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Annotation: When a cyberbully sends the entire high school a picture of basketball hero Bijan Majidi, photo-shopped to look like a terrorist, the school administration promises to find and punish the culprit, but Bijan just wants to pretend the incident never happened and move on.
Catalog Number: #197357
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
Special Formats: High Low High Low
Publisher: Workman Pub. Co.
Copyright Date: 2019
Edition Date: 2019
Pages: 265 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 1-616-20985-2 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-6321-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-1-616-20985-8 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-6321-9
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2018008382
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
ALA Booklist
Bijan Majidi is surprised when he gets called off the bench and scores the winning points in his varsity basketball game. For this studious, goofy teen who loves reading comic books, hanging out with his best friend, and harboring a crush on Elle, this new attention comes with some popularity perks. But not for long. A photoshopped picture of him cast as a terrorist goes viral and unleashes a flurry of responses from students, parents, and teachers. Several other plots converge with this one, but Farizan (If You Could Be Mine, 2013; Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, 2014) manages to integrate them all smoothly. Islamophobia, racism, hetero- and homosexuality, toxic masculinity, offensive sports mascots, activism, friendship, immigration, school politics, gun rights, and a splash of Iranian history make this about a lot more than high-school sports. With the help of his friends, Bijan navigates this craziness with credibility, learning to refocus his own judgmental lens along the way.
Horn Book
Bijan Majidi, U.S.-born of Jordanian and Iranian parentage, makes the winning shot in a basketball game, skyrocketing him from nerd to popular jock. But then somebody sends a doctored-up photo of Bijan dressed as a Muslim fighter to the whole school; next, a gay couple is victimized by the cyberbully. This compelling high-school drama about cyber-bigotry unapologetically insists that these groups are "here to stay."
Kirkus Reviews
Bijan is a varsity athlete at a Boston-area prep school whose otherwise ordinary life gets disrupted when a cyberbully torments him because of his Iranian-Jordanian heritage.Bijan's status as rising star of the basketball team wins him an accolade in the high school paper, new friendships on the team, and, most importantly, attention from girls. It also produces envy and resentment: He wakes up one day to a schoolwide e-mail depicting him as a terrorist. At the heart of the plot is Bijan's handling of his own emotions: a ferocious motivation to get to the bottom of the story and uncover the mysterious sender, offset by the impossible task of proceeding with his life—and the important upcoming games—as if nothing has happened. The teachers and school leadership are supportive, as is Bijan's diverse circle of friends (including a black teammate who sympathizes with the shared experience of racism) and his unconditionally loving single mom. Yet the damage is done, and Bijan slowly discovers that not everyone is outraged; worse yet, some might even agree with the unknown cyberbully who strikes again, in a homophobic attack. Fed up, Bijan and his friends launch their own investigation. The novel effortlessly tackles several important societal issues, keeping them in the foreground without detracting from the main focus: Bijan's entertaining internal color commentary that reveals his thought processes. The result is an engaging page-turner.Powerful. (Fiction. 12-18)
Publishers Weekly
A private New England high school becomes the scene of bigoted bullying in a timely novel by Farizan (If You Could Be Mine). When narrator Bijan Majidi, of Jordanian and Persian descent, scores a winning basket for the varsity basketball team, his popularity rises. It also garners him more friends and brings him closer to his crush, Elle, whom he joins in campaigning to change the school mascot, the Gunner, to something nonviolent. Then someone sends the entire school an anonymous email, captioned -Our New Mascot,- with an image of Bijan Photoshopped to portray him as a terrorist. While Bijan-s single mother and some classmates protest this hate crime, Bijan resists becoming the symbol for -eradicat campus intolerance.- But when a similar attack targets two of his lesbian friends, he realizes the issue goes far beyond himself, eventually leading him to take a courageous public stance. Bijan-s narrative voice includes imaginary live analysis from his two favorite NBA commentators, adding humor to heavy subject matter. A diverse cast of well-developed supporting characters, including several who Bijan thinks might be the cyberbully, add a suspenseful mystery to this top-notch high school drama. Ages 13-17. Agent: Susan Ginsburg, Writers House. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-Bijan, who is Iranian Jordanian and a nonpracticing Muslim, becomes the victim of Islamophobia when classmates circulate an edited photo of him depicted as a terrorist. With the support of his friends, Bijan identifies those classmates and fights hate with peace. A compelling look at what it means to be the target of blind hate.
Word Count: 58,371
Reading Level: 4.9
Interest Level: 7-12
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.9 / points: 9.0 / quiz: 501863 / grade: Upper Grades
Lexile: HL690L
Guided Reading Level: Z+
Fountas & Pinnell: Z+

"A powerful YA novel about identity and prejudice." --Entertainment Weekly Bijan Majidi is: Shy around girls Really into comics Decent at basketball Bijan Majidi is not: A terrorist What happens when a kid who's flown under the radar for most of high school gets pulled off the bench to make the winning basket in a varsity playoff game? If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties--along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist. The administration says they'll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He's not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn't want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don't want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it's not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends. Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice.


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