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General Information

Name:  Adib Khorram  

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Genre: Fiction

Audience: Young Adult;


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Illinois Connection

Khorram studied design and technical theater at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, with an emphasis in lighting design.

Biographical and Professional Information

Adib Khorram lives in Kansas City, Missouri. When he isn't writing, you can probably find him trying to get his hundred-yard freestyle under a minute, learning to do a Lutz jump, or steeping a cup of oolong. His debut novel, Darius the Great Is Not Okay, earned several awards, including the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor.


Darius the Great is Not Okay , William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, One of TIME's 100 Best YA Books of All Time William C. Morris Debut Award Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature Lambda Literary Award Finalist YALSA Best Fiction For Young Adults Top 10 Publishers Weekly Flying Start TIME's 10 Best Young Adult and Children's Books of the Year Boston Globe Best Books of the Year Wall Street Journal Best Books of the Year BuzzFeed Best YA Books of the Year Publishers Weekly Best Books of the Year Kirkus Best Books of the Year New York Public Library's Best Books of the Year Book Expo Young Adult Buzz Panel Selection Indies Introduce Selection Indie Next Top Ten Pick, Starred Reviews - Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and School Library Journal.

Seven Special Somethings , School Library Journal, starred review

Darius the Great Deserves Better , Starred Reviews, Kirkus, School Library Journal and Booklist

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

Darius the Great Deserves Better
ISBN: 059310823X. OCLC Number: 1129915853

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Darius Kellner has everything he thought he wanted--a new boyfriend, a new internship, and a spot on the soccer team--but growing up makes him question everything--

Darius the Great Is Not Okay
ISBN: 0525552979. OCLC Number: 1108176127

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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. -- Back cover.

Kiss & Tell
ISBN: 0593325265. OCLC Number: 1258071057

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Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story
ISBN: 0593108264. OCLC Number: 1142041799

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After accidentally ruining his family's haft-seen, a display of seven traditional items to bring luck in the Persian New Year, young Kian finds seven unusual items to replace them. Includes facts about Nowruz.