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Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the...
Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the...
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  • Even though she only left Mumbai a few months ago, Shivani isn't feeling like such an outsider anymore. She likes her new school. She finally has a best friend. But when her mother volunteers for the school's annual fundraiser, Shivani is sure she will completely embarrass her. Especially if she cooks one of the "stinky" dishes that Shivani loves but is too ashamed to eat in front of her friends.

    On the day of the fair, the moment Shivani walks into the gym she knows her worst fears have come true: the unmistakable scent of Indian spices is in the air. But then she sees that dozens of people are lined up at her mom's stall. It's the most popular one!

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  • Mahtab Narsimhan is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including Embrace the Chicken, Project Bollywood,The Tiffin and The Third Eye, which won the Silver Birch Award. She was a Writer in Residence at the Toronto District School Board from 2015-2016. Born in Mumbai, India, Mahtab immigrated to Canada in 1997. She now lives in Vancouver.

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    February 1, 2019
    Grades 5-8 For a teen, moving is difficult; moving halfway across the continent is unimaginable. Shivani's fate is ever more challenging when her family relocates from India to Canada, forcing her to leave behind everything familiar, especially friends. Now, she wants only to fit in. But here's the rub: it's time for the school fund-raiser, and Shivani doesn't want her mother to attend the planning meeting because of her poor English. Not only does her mother attend but she also brings along Indian cookies to share! Unbeknownst to Shivani, her mother and her younger sister sign up for a food booth to serve Indian food. When Shivani sees the booth, she is mortified and positive that her life and popularity are shattered. Narsimhan presents an honest look at the dilemmas faced by teens as they transition from one culture to another, while simultaneously showing the strength of familial support and love. This quick read in the Orca Currents series is filled with angst tinged with humor and explores topics relevant to the lives of teens.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2019, American Library Association.)

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