|Royal Palm Literary Award winner!
|Quarter finalist in the ABNA
Young Janice Parker travels to Iran for a holiday visit only to find herself caught in
the throes of a violent revolution. When her father is injured, it is up to her to find a means to escape the country.
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Escape from Iran
An award winning novel. Including 2nd place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards, Young Adult category, and
quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Competition.
Janice Parker gripped the armrests, her knuckles white, as
the 727 bounced along the runway of Mehrabad Airport. She squeezed her eyes tightly shut and prayed it would taxi to a safe
stop. The plane slowed. Cautiously she opened her eyes and saw the white-haired man next to her arranging his briefcase, flight
bag and heavy overcoat. His actions appeared calm and normal. She breathed a sigh of relief as he turned toward her.
“Someone is meeting you?”
he questioned in a heavy accent.
father, thank you.” She felt the blood flowing back into her fingers. “Is it always so rough landing here?”
He smiled quickly and his blue eyes
twinkled when he answered her. “I presume you have not yet flown out of Tehran.”
She shook her head, her brown eyes wide with amazement at his
casual reference to the dangers of leaving. Well, she thought, she had six weeks before she had to worry about that.
“No,” she answered with
a nervous laugh. “I’ve never traveled alone before. My father is Professor James Parker. He’s an archeologist
working in the desert. I’m going to stay with him during my Christmas holiday.”
“Professor Parker, the archeologist.”
“Do you know him?” Janice
asked, hoping he did. It would somehow make him a friend in a foreign country, someone she could refer to, except she didn’t
know his name.
my dear. We are nearing the terminal building and soon you will be with your father. Please take care while visiting.”
He quickly amended his statement. “Not to worry though, you should be perfectly safe in the desert under the watchful
eyes of your father.”
Comments from the ABNA Expert Reviewer where "Escape from Iran" reached the quarter-finals
What is the strongest aspect of this excerpt? The novelty of a story about a young woman's adventures in the
evolving Iran of 1978 is a breath of fresh air. The evocative writing makes the airport in Tehran visible; the apparent chaos
and noise, disorienting to an uninitiated foreigner, brings another culture alive to the reader, as does the night drive through
soldier-filled streets and the strangeness of the oasis in the desert.
What is your overall opinion
of this excerpt? I was so pleased to at last read a real, involving, exciting tale about a young person on the verge of
a stupendous event. This beats any oh-dear-what-about-high-school-and-my-parents-are-creeps stories I've been reading.
Janice is about to enter a world she couldn't imagine in her wildest dreams, and become involved in a story so exciting
that, if she survives it, will take her through life handily and make her able to surmount any obstacle.