IBNA- Juvenile Fiction book, 'Halfway Normal' (2017) by American author Barbara Dee, a powerful story about surviving and thriving has been published in Persian and is available to Iranian children and teens.
The novel has been translated into Persian by Mahboubeh Najafkhani. Tehran-based Ofogh Publishing has released 'Halfway Normal' in 304 pages.
In this book, a cancer survivor must readjust to “normal” middle school life in this hopeful novel from the author of ‘Star-Crossed’ and ‘Truth or Dare’.
Norah Levy has just completed two years of treatment for leukemia and is ready to go back to the “real world” of middle school. She knows it'll be tricky—but like the Greek mythological characters she read about while she was sick, Norah’s up for any challenge.
But seventh grade turns out to be trickier than she thought. Norah’s classmates don’t know what to make of her. Her best friend, Harper, tries to be there for her, but she doesn’t get it, really—and is hanging out with a new group of girls. Norah’s other good friend, Silas, is avoiding her. What’s that about, anyway?
When Norah is placed with the eighth graders for math and science she meets Griffin, a cute boy who encourages her love of Greek mythology and art. And Norah decides not to tell him her secret—that she was “that girl" who had cancer. But when something happens to make secret-keeping impossible, Norah must figure out a way to share her cancer story.
But how do you explain something to others that you can’t explain to yourself? Can Nora take her cue from her favorite Greek myth? And then, once she finds the words, can she move forward with a whole new ‘normal’?
Barbara Dee is the author of twelve middle-grade novels including ‘Violets Are Blue’, ‘Haven Jacobs Saves the Planet’, ‘My Life in the Fish Tank’, ‘Maybe He Just Likes You’, and ‘Star-Crossed’.
Her books have earned several starred reviews and have been named to many best-of lists, including The Washington Post’s Best Children’s Books, the ALA Notable Children’s Books. She lives with her family, including a naughty cat named Luna and a sweet rescue hound named Ripley, in Westchester County, New York.