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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marina Budhos Narrator: Sunil Malhotra Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2016 ISBN: 9780735287136
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Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance, something many Americans experience and most Muslim Americans know.
Naeem is far from the “model teen.” Moving fast in his immigrant neighborhood in Queens is the only way he can outrun the eyes of his hardworking Bangladeshi parents and their gossipy neighbors. Even worse, they’re not the only ones watching. Cameras on poles. Mosques infiltrated. Everyone knows: Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.
Naeem thinks he can charm his way through anything, until his mistakes catch up with him and the cops offer a dark deal. Naeem sees a way to be a hero—a protector—like the guys in his brother’s comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?
Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story that’s as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.

Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
The Walter Award, Honor Book for YA
A Notable Book for a Global Society (NBGS)
CCBC Choices Award Selection for Young Adult Fiction
YALSA Quick Pick 
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
Chicago Public Library’s Best of the Best
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Maine Student Book Award Reading List Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Budhos perfectly captures the gritty details of daily life in a Queens neighborhood, as well as the nuances of different immigrant groups. School Library Journal, starred review
  • “In a stirring novel about coming of age amid intensive police surveillance and racial profiling…Budhos captures the tug of youthful innocence leeching away as hard, unjust realities set in.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Budhos explores the fine line between racial profiling, surveillance, and entrapment. From Naeem’s point of view, readers gain a unique perspective of growing up in America as a Muslim immigrant…The novel’s timeliness makes it worth the read.”


  • “Tackles identity and belonging or lack thereof, as well as Islamophobia and growing up under surveillance.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Sunil Malhotra’s first-person narration…conveys the paranoia of Naeem…[and] fleshes out Naeem’s fear, frustration, and anger…Malhotra sets the emotional tone so clearly that listeners understand why Naeem takes risks in this dangerous relationship…Malhotra sensitively portrays his increasingly conflicted feelings and difficult decision.”


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About the Author

Marina Budhos is the author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her novels for young adults are Tell Us We’re Home and Ask Me No Questions. Her nonfiction books include Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers and Sugar Changed the World, which she cowrote with her husband, Marc Aronson. She has received an Exceptional Merit Media Award (EMMA), a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers, and two fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to India and is an associate professor of English at William Paterson University.

About the Narrator

Sunil Malhotra is an actor and voice artist. His film credits include Dude, Where’s the Party?, Call Center, 24, ER, Cold Case, and The West Wing. On stage, he has performed on Broadway and at East West Players. He has also worked as a writer, producer, and director, and his audiobook narrations have won three AudioFile Earphones Awards.