Pre-Order Ships Aug 13, 2020
DescriptionAs 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.
August 13, 2020
5.59 X 0.47 X 4.88 inches | 0.05 pounds
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About the Author
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.
Priya Ayyar is a renowned audiobook narrator and actress who received her bachelor's degree and master's degree from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. She has appeared in notable television shows such as Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. When not narrating, she writes and works in television in California.