Darius doesn’t think he’ll ever be enough, in America or in Iran. 


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 in Portland, and he just knows 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. Sohrab introduces Darius to all of his favorite things—mint syrup and the soccer field and a secret rooftop overlooking the city's skyline. He gets Darius an Iranian National Football Team jersey that makes him feel like a True Persian for the first time. And he understands that sometimes, friends don't have to talk. 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.


Critical Acclaim for DARIUS:

Entertainment Weekly Review

New York Times Review

Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

School Library Journal, Starred Review

Awards & Best-of Lists

YALSA William C. Morris Award Finalist

APALA Asian/Pacific American Literature Award Winner

Publishers Weekly Fall 2018 Flying Start

Time Best Books of 2018

Wall Street Journal: Best of 2018

Amazon Best Teen Books of the Year

Publishers Weekly Best Books of 2018

Kirkus Best Books of 2018

Buzzfeed Best YA Books of 2018

Boston Globe Best Children’s & YA Books of the Year

New York Public Library Best Books of 2018

Bookpage Best Books of 2018

Indigo Top Ten Best Teen Books of 2018

BookBub Best Books of 2018

BookExpo 2018 YA Editor Buzz Panel Selection

Indies Introduce Selection, Summer/Fall 2018

Indie Next List Top Ten, Fall 2018

You can order DARIUS from anywhere, including:

SIGNED COPIES from my local indie, Rainy Day Books


Barnes & Noble


Wonderarium , creator of the webcomic   Out of the Blue  , created some fantastic art for DARIUS's preorder campaign. It might make an appearance at festivals and such if you missed it!

Wonderarium, creator of the webcomic Out of the Blue, created some fantastic art for DARIUS's preorder campaign. It might make an appearance at festivals and such if you missed it!

Cover design by Samira Iravani. Cover illustration by Adams Carvalho.

Banner photo © Afsoneh Khorram. Photos of Yazd courtesy the Khorram family.