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MARCH 2018

Pashmina Pashminaby Nidhi Chanani

In this graphic novel with strong feminist undertones, an Indian-American teenager searches for the truth of her family’s past with the help of a long-lost aunt, Shakti the Divine Mother Goddess, and a magical shawl. Priyanka, who goes by “Pri”, is a talented artist and a bit of an introvert. She has a lot of questions about her heritage and her family’s past, like why her religious mother left India for America as a young woman and why she refuses to tell
Pri who her father is. Pri discovers a mysterious pashmina inside a hidden suitcase one day when she is home alone, and when she wraps it around her she is transported to an imaginary, romanticized version of India. The story is in black and white aside from the magical scenes in this Indian wonderland, which are very brightly colored. Pri meets a talking elephant and bird in this world who show her some of the culture of India, but not the “real” India. Eventually her mother agrees to let her travel to India and visit with her sister where some of the strange shawl’s mystery is unraveled, along with the truth about Pri’s father and why her mother left her home country. Covering not only topics of immigrant families and bi-cultural identity, this great book also introduces readers to the many struggles and constraints women in India confront because of India’s patriarchal culture.

Recommended for readers ages 10-14.

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POSTED: March 12, 2018



The War I Finally Won
The War I Finally Wonby Kimberly Brubaker Bradley 

Fans of the Newbery Honor book The War That Saved My Life (2015) will adore this sequel that picks up shortly after the events that closed the last book. Readers meet 11-year-old Ada in the hospital after she has had a successful surgery to correct her clubfoot.  While recovering and learning how to walk and run, Susan shares some shocking news: Ada’s mother was killed in an air raid. Now Ada is challenged with not only adapting to her new life of relatively pain free mobility, but a life that doesn’t involve her abusive mother and what this means for the future of her and her younger brother, Jamie. Susan legally adopts the pair but thanks to years of terrible treatment Ada has a difficult time finding comfort with her new family. More tragedy follows, and a great sub-plot involving a Jewish German refugee adds another level of emotional resonance and historical realism to this great story. A truly wonderful story about bravery, love, and forgiveness. Highly recommended to readers ages 10-14.

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POSTED: March 5, 2018


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