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American as Paneer Pie
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As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha,...
As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha,...
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  • As the only Indian American kid in her small town, Lekha Divekar feels like she has two versions of herself: Home Lekha, who loves watching Bollywood movies and eating Indian food, and School Lekha, who pins her hair over her bindi birthmark and avoids confrontation at all costs, especially when someone teases her for being Indian. When a girl Lekha's age moves in across the street, Lekha is excited to hear that her name is Avantika and she's Desi, too! Finally, there will be someone else around who gets it. But as soon as Avantika speaks, Lekha realizes she has an accent. She's new to this country, and not at all like Lekha. To Lekha's surprise, Avantika does not feel the same way as Lekha about having two separate lives or about the bullying at school. Avantika doesn't take the bullying quietly. And she proudly displays her culture no matter where she is: at home or at school. When a racist incident rocks Lekha's community, she realizes she must make a choice: continue to remain silent or find her voice before it's too late.

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  • Supriya Kelkar learned Hindi as a child by watching three Hindi movies a week. She is a screenwriter who has worked on the writing teams for several Hindi films and one Hollywood feature. Her books include Ahimsa, The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh, and American as Paneer Pie, among others. For more information, visit SupriyaKelkar.com.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    April 6, 2020
    In this resonant #OwnVoices novel, a first-generation Indian American girl who initially wishes to blend into her predominantly white community learns to honor her identity. Sixth grader Lekha Divekar is the only Desi kid in her Detroit suburb. In order to avoid bullying at school, she covers the bindi-shaped birthmark on her forehead (which earned her the nickname Dot) and avoids bringing her favorite Indian foods for lunch. At home, however, Lekha takes pride in her heritage and Hindu faith, practicing folk dances and celebrating Diwali with her family. When another Indian family moves in across the street, Lekha’s initial attitude toward 11-year-old Avantika is one of condescension: “My new neighbor had a thick Indian accent. My new neighbor was a fob.” But as classmates, Lekha admires Avantika’s confidence and eloquence, and the two become friends. After Lekha’s family is the target of racist vandalism, she determines to speak out against the xenophobia in her town, where a new political slogan, “Don’t like it? Leave,” has taken hold. Though Lekha’s transformation from silent onlooker to vocal activist feels sudden, taking place in the book’s final portion, Kelkar (Ahimsa) illuminates the need for voices raised against discrimination and paints a convincing portrait of a girl straddling two cultures. Ages 8–12. Agent: Kathleen Rushall, Andrea Brown Literary.

  • AudioFile Magazine This sweet story about middle school kids coming to terms with their cultural identity seeks empathy--if not relatability--from its listeners. Priya Ayyar does a good job inviting listeners to consider multiple points of view in her compelling narration. Ayyar is especially skilled at capturing the earnestness and fear that accompany feeling like an outsider in middle school. Lekha is the only Indian-American in her school; determined to not stand out because of her culture, she nonetheless has to endure bullying relating to her bindi birthmark and other mean stereotypes. Ayyar deftly switches between many different voices and accents while maintaining a slight similarity to her Lekha voice, emphasizing the centrality of Lekha's perspective. E.J.S. � AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine

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