When twelve-year-old Seema Trivedi learns that she and her family must move from their small Indian town to Iowa City, she realizes she'll have to say good-bye to the purple-jeweled mango trees and sweet-smelling jasmine. More importantly, she must leave behind her best friend and cousin, Raju. Everything is different in Iowa City, where Seema feels like an outsider to the language and traditions. As she begins to plant roots in the foreign soil, however, her confidence starts to bloom, and she learns she can build a bridge between two homes.
With lyrical language and poignant scenes, Kashmira Sheth unearths the meaning of "home" and "family" in this tender debut novel. Kashmira Sheth's own experiences as a teenager who moved by herself from India to America inspired her to write this novel.
Winner of the Paul Zindel First Novel Award.
|Lexile ® Measure||740L|
|Product Type||Hardcover Books|
|Primary Contributor||Kashmira Sheth|
|Age Groups||Ages 7 to 9, Ages 10 to 12|
|Publisher||Disney Publishing Worldwide|