Naeem is far from the âmodel teen.â 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, theyâre not the only ones watching.Â Cameras on poles.Â 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 heroâa protectorâlike the guys in his brotherâs comic books. Yet what is a hero? What is a traitor? And where does Naeem belong?
Acclaimed author Marina Budhos delivers a riveting story thatâs as vivid and involving as todayâs 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 PickÂ
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults
Chicago Public Libraryâs Best of the Best
A Junior Library Guild Selection
Maine Student Book Award Reading List
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