Chronicle Books


Everything Sad Is Untrue

(A True Story)
Daniel Nayeri
Levine Querido
2021 Michael L. Printz Award Winner A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2020 A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2020   At the front of a middle s...
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★ "One of the most extraordinary books of the year."
—BookPage, starred review


2021 Michael L. Printz Award Winner 
A New York Times Best Children's Book of 2020 
A Wall Street Journal Best Book of 2020  

At the front of a middle school classroom in Oklahoma, a boy named Khosrou (whom everyone calls “Daniel”) stands, trying to tell a story. His story. But no one believes a word he says. To them he is a dark-skinned, hairy-armed boy with a big butt whose lunch smells funny; who makes things up and talks about poop too much.

But Khosrou’s stories, stretching back years, and decades, and centuries, are beautiful, and terrifying, from the moment his family fled Iran in the middle of the night with the secret police moments behind them, back to the sad, cement refugee camps of Italy…and further back to the fields near the river Aras, where rain-soaked flowers bled red like the yolk of sunset burst over everything, and further back still to the Jasmine-scented city of Isfahan.

We bounce between a school bus of kids armed with paper clip missiles and spitballs to the heroines and heroes of Khosrou’s family’s past, who ate pastries that made people weep and cry “Akh, Tamar!” and touched carpets woven with precious gems.

Like Scheherazade in a hostile classroom, Daniel weaves a tale to save his own life: to stake his claim to the truth. And it is (a true story).

It is Daniel's.

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Size: 5.5 x 8.25
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years
Publication Date: 08/25/2020
ISBN: 9781646140008
Daniel Nayeri was born in Iran and spent a couple of years as a refugee before immigrating to Oklahoma at age eight with his family. He is the publisher of Odd Dot, an imprint of Macmillan, making him one of the youngest publishers in the industry. He has served on the CBC diversity committee and the CBC panel committee. He lives in New York City. His autobiographical novel, Everything Sad Is Untrue (a true story) was the winner of the Michael L. Printz Award.

★ "A modern epic."
—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ “A distinctive voice. A rare treasure of a book.”
—Publishers Weekly, starred review

★ “A story that soars. Readers will be transported.”
—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, starred review

★ “Poignant and powerful. A story of heartbreak and resilience.”
—Foreword Reviews, starred review 

★ “At once beautiful and painful, this timely story is highly recommended for middle grade readers.”
—School Library Journal, starred review

★ “A journey as intimate as it is epic. A remarkable work that raises the literary bar in children’s lit.”
—Booklist, starred review 

★ "One of the most extraordinary books of the year."
—BookPage, starred review