⭐️ School Library Journal (SLJ): a Best Middle Grade Book of 2022
⭐️ 2022 Junior Library Guild
Gold Standard Selection
⭐️ 2022 Cybils Award, Poetry Novel
⭐️ 2022 Golden Poppy Award Finalist for Middle Grade
⭐️ 2022 Golden Poppy Award Finalist for Mirrors and Windows
A coming-of-age novel in verse set in 1980s Southern California, about a Persian American girl who rides the waves, falls, and finds her way back to the shore Thirteen-year-old Ava loves to surf and to sing. Singing and reading Rumi poems settle her mild OCD, and catching waves with her best friend, Phoenix, lets her fit in—her olive skin looks tan, not foreign. But then Ava has to spend the summer before ninth grade volunteering at the hospital, to follow in her single mother’s footsteps to become a doctor. And when Phoenix’s past lymphoma surges back, not even surfing, singing, or poetry can keep them afloat, threatening Ava’s hold on the one place and the one person that make her feel like she belongs. With ocean-like rhythm and lyricism, Wave is about a girl who rides the waves, tumbles, and finds her way back to the shore.
PRAISE FOR WAVE
Processing her feelings through music empowers Ava and gives her a new understanding of home and the connections she shares with others. Raw and powerful, this free verse novel honestly explores issues of identity, culture, grief, and hope... Rich, layered, and heart-rending.
— Kirkus Reviews
Farid’s poetry rides the page like a wave, charting the ups and downs of Ava’s emotions. . .The verse format makes this text extremely accessible, and readers will be delighted to find elements of Ava’s Persian heritage and 1980s childhood also woven throughout.
— School Library Journal
Farid brings her expertise as an MD to Ava’s story, simplifying the complexity of lymphoma while packing an emotional punch with the musical references that Ava uses to cope.
Diana Farid crafts an honest and often profound coming-of-age narrative about 13-year-old Ava, a surfer whose best friend’s cancer has returned.
MG readers take note! This is a book you’ll want for your readers (and you too)! This gorgeous novel in verse will have you holding the book close to your heart! A story of friendship, first loves, illness, and waves.
— Michele Knott, Literacy Specialist