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An extraordinary and timely novel, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, examines what it's like to grow up under surveillance in America.

Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.

Naeem is a Bangledeshi teenager living in Queens who thinks he can charm his way through anything. But then mistakes catch up with him. So do the cops, who offer him an impossible choice: spy on his Muslim neighbors and report back to them on shady goings-on, or face a police record. Naeem wants to be a hero--a protector. He wants his parents to be proud of him. But as time goes on, the line between informing and entrapping blurs. Is he saving or betraying his community?

Inspired by actual surveillance practices in New York City and elsewhere, Marina Budhos's extraordinary and timely novel examines what it's like to grow up with Big Brother always watching . Naeem's riveting story is as vivid and involving as today's headlines.

Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, We Need Diverse Books
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
YALSA Best YA Fiction for Young Adults

"A fast-moving, gripping tale." -- SLJ , Starred

Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780553534191
Branch Call Number: YA BUDHOS M
Characteristics: 265 pages ; 22 cm


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ArapahoeCatherine Mar 26, 2017

When Muslim American teen Naeem ends up on the wrong side of the law, he is tapped by Homeland Security to watch his friends and acquaintances for potential terrorists. But how far is too far? --- This is a compelling and super relevant book, tackling themes like identity and belonging, Islamaphobia, and what it's like to grow up under surveillance. While it may not be the most action-packed, it's definitely worth reading!

Nov 15, 2016

Super contemporary and relevant to young people. Excellent read! Well done on a hot topic. Loved it and pretty sure young ones will enjoy too. It has the most captivating cover this is a must read on any Young Person's bookshelf! The young man, even though he is from the Middle East, still has american qualities since he was raised in the United States. He struggles with motivation in school and choice of friends. He is torn between connecting with his family's culture and wanting to be accepted for who he is. A police officer recruites him to spy on his neighborhood. "For the good of the country" A lot of beautiful lessons and patriotism without hitting you over the head with it


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