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Suburban Mosaic author meets readers in Mt. Prospect

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  • Mundelein author Leslie Stella reads from her novel "Permanent Record" on Monday night at the Mount Prospect Public Library. "Permanent Record" is one of the titles on the reading list for the Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program.

      Mundelein author Leslie Stella reads from her novel "Permanent Record" on Monday night at the Mount Prospect Public Library. "Permanent Record" is one of the titles on the reading list for the Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Mundelein author Leslie Stella, right, talks with Mount Prospect Librarian Joe Collier on Monday night as she promotes her novel "Permanent Record."

      Mundelein author Leslie Stella, right, talks with Mount Prospect Librarian Joe Collier on Monday night as she promotes her novel "Permanent Record."
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • A small crowd listens as Mundelein author Leslie Stella reads from her novel "Permanent Record" on Monday night at the Mount Prospect Public Library.

      A small crowd listens as Mundelein author Leslie Stella reads from her novel "Permanent Record" on Monday night at the Mount Prospect Public Library.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • "Permanent Record" tells the story of Badi Hessamizadeh, a 16-year-old Iranian-American boy who battles personal demons and bullies as he tries to make his way through high school.

      "Permanent Record" tells the story of Badi Hessamizadeh, a 16-year-old Iranian-American boy who battles personal demons and bullies as he tries to make his way through high school.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Mundelein author Leslie Stella greeted readers at the Mount Prospect Public Library on Monday night and discussed her novel "Permanent Record," a selection for this year's Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program.

The Suburban Mosaic reading program, now in its 11th year, invites suburbanites to read and discuss select books that deal with issues of tolerance and social justice. More than 20 libraries and school districts in Cook and Lake counties take part.

Chosen for the program as a selection for high school readers, "Permanent Record" tells the story of Badi Hessamizadeh, a 16-year-old Iranian-American boy who battles personal demons and bullies as he tries to make his way through high school. The novel was released in March to praise for its tense narrative and Badi's vivid voice.

The novel is Stella's fourth, but it is the first one geared toward the young-adult readers.

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