Watched by Marina Budhos audiobook

Watched

By Marina Budhos
Read by Sunil Malhotra

Penguin Random House, Listening Library, Listening Library (Audio)
7.10 Hours 1
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An extraordinary and timely novel, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance in America.  Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.   Naeem is a Bangledeshi teenager living in Queens who thinks he can charm his way through anything. But then mistakes catch up with him. So do the cops, who offer him an impossible choice: spy on his Muslim neighbors and report back to them on shady goings-on, or face a police record. Naeem wants to be a hero—a protector. He wants his parents to be proud of him. But as time goes on, the line between informing and entrapping blurs. Is he saving or betraying his community? Inspired by actual surveillance practices in New York City and elsewhere, Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up with Big Brother always watching. Naeem’s riveting story is as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.   Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, We Need Diverse Books Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book YALSA Best YA Fiction for Young Adults   “A fast-moving, gripping tale.” —SLJ, Starred

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Summary

Summary

An extraordinary and timely novel, a Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, examines what it’s like to grow up under surveillance in America. 

Be careful what you say and who you say it to. Anyone might be a watcher.
 
Naeem is a Bangledeshi teenager living in Queens who thinks he can charm his way through anything. But then mistakes catch up with him. So do the cops, who offer him an impossible choice: spy on his Muslim neighbors and report back to them on shady goings-on, or face a police record. Naeem wants to be a hero—a protector. He wants his parents to be proud of him. But as time goes on, the line between informing and entrapping blurs. Is he saving or betraying his community?

Inspired by actual surveillance practices in New York City and elsewhere, Marina Budhos’s extraordinary and timely novel examines what it’s like to grow up with Big Brother always watching. Naeem’s riveting story is as vivid and involving as today’s headlines.
 
Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, We Need Diverse Books
Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor Book
YALSA Best YA Fiction for Young Adults
 
“A fast-moving, gripping tale.” —SLJ, Starred


Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I loved this book, a tense, realistic thriller set right now in a time of homeland insecurity. Robert Lipsyte, author of The Contender 
Watched will pull you into its world with magnetic, graceful power, and deeply touching scenes of immigrant life and relationships. A hauntingly perfect, potent story for this moment. Naomi Shihab Nye, author of Habibi 
Riveting…Naeem is a wonderful character, full of heart, conflicted, negotiating his own gorgeously, grittily depicted multicultural neighborhood.. Tanuja Desai Hidier, author of Born Confused 
Watched  reveals profound immigrant truths about survival and betrayal, and what it really means to feel like you belong. Everyone should read this necessary book. Moustafa Bayoumi, author of This Muslim American Life & How Does It Feel To Be A Problem
Naeem’s experiences mirror those of many Muslim, Arab and South Asian teenagers navigating their lives in the backdrop of post 9/11 America. “--Deepa Iyer, author of We Too Sing America: South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh Immigrants Shape Our Multiracial Future   
Beautiful and intelligent...It brings to chilling life the corrupting effects of official surveillance – for both watched and watchers...No one who reads WATCHED– young or old – will come away without empathy and compassion for the thousands of ‘Naeems’ now residing in this nation. Patricia McCormick, author of SOLD 
A compelling coming-of-age story, and even readers who choose to downplay the current events threads will find Naeem's strange path to reconnection with his family rewarding. The Bulletin
“Sunil Malhotra’s first-person narration…conveys the paranoia of Naeem…[and] fleshes out Naeem’s fear, frustration, and anger…Malhotra sets the emotional tone so clearly that listeners understand why Naeem takes risks in this dangerous relationship…Malhotra sensitively portrays his increasingly conflicted feelings and difficult decision.” AudioFile
Walter Dean Myers Award Honor Book, We Need Diverse BooksAsian/Pacific American Award for Literature Honor BookA Notable Book for a Global Society (NBGS)CCBC Choices Award Selection for Young Adult FictionYALSA Best YA Fiction for Young Adults YALSA Quick Pick Chicago Public Library’s Best of the BestA Junior Library Guild SelectionMaine Student Book Award Reading List
Budhos perfectly captures the gritty details of daily life in a Queens neighborhood, as well as the nuances of different immigrant groups. SLJ, Starred review
“In a stirring novel about coming of age amid intensive police surveillance and racial profiling…Budhos captures the tug of youthful innocence leeching away as hard, unjust realities set in.” Publishers Weekly
Budhos explores the fine line between racial profiling, surveillance, and entrapment. From Naeem’s point of view, readers gain a unique perspective of growing up in America as a Muslim immigrant…The novel’s timeliness makes it worth the read.” VOYA
“Tackles identity and belonging or lack thereof, as well as Islamophobia and growing up under surveillance.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Marina Budhos

Author Bio: Marina Budhos

Marina Budhos is the author of award-winning fiction and nonfiction. Her novels for young adults are Tell Us We’re Home and Ask Me No Questions. Her nonfiction books include Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers and Sugar Changed the World, which she cowrote with her husband, Marc Aronson. She has received an Exceptional Merit Media Award (EMMA), a Rona Jaffe Award for Women Writers, and two fellowships from the New Jersey Council on the Arts. She has been a Fulbright Scholar to India and is an associate professor of English at William Paterson University.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Political
Runtime: 7.10
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English