Bijan, of Middle Eastern descent, is a student at a private high school and a staple of the JV basketball team. After an injury, he is called up to the varsity squad and makes an immediate impact, scoring the game winning basket in a big playoff game. Things start looking up for this quiet and unassuming student. But it isn't always high fives and high school parties. He becomes the target of some students who don't like the color of his skin or the way his name sounds. Some hide behind the anonymity of the internet while others say things straight to his face. As he tries to navigate this new world of his, Bijan has to figure out who he is and where he fits in to his own world. Here to Stay is an engaging story that will have you rooting for Bijan to become the hero of his own story.
“A powerful YA novel about identity and prejudice.” —Entertainment Weekly
Bijan Majidi is:
Bijan Majidi is:
- Shy around girls
- Really into comics
- Decent at basketball
- A terrorist
If his name is Bijan Majidi, life is suddenly high fives in the hallways and invitations to exclusive parties—along with an anonymous photo sent by a school cyberbully that makes Bijan look like a terrorist.
The administration says they’ll find and punish the culprit. Bijan wants to pretend it never happened. He’s not ashamed of his Middle Eastern heritage; he just doesn’t want to be a poster child for Islamophobia. Lots of classmates rally around Bijan. Others make it clear they don’t want him or anybody who looks like him at their school. But it’s not always easy to tell your enemies from your friends.
Here to Stay is a painfully honest, funny, authentic story about growing up, speaking out, and fighting prejudice.