I Am Kavi

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$18.99  $17.66
Holiday House
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5.7 X 8.1 X 0.8 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Thushanthi Ponweera is an author and poet from Sri Lanka. Before daring to follow her dream of being published, she was a marketing specialist and entreprenuer. Her writing reflects the frustration she feels at the inequality and injustice she sees around her, and also the deep love she feels for her island home. She currently lives in Colombo with her husband and two children.
★ "A moving coming-of-age story written in verse about understanding and embracing who you truly are."--The Horn Book, Starred Review

"The verse novel has some striking imagery, skillfully capturing the intensity of Kavi's hope, doubt, shame, and determination as she negotiates her reality and her desires."--The Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books

"Ponweera employs spare but descriptive verse that perfectly captures the inner turmoil of a young girl wading her way through the complexities of family, friendship, identity, and emotions. Rich details of life in a middle school in Colombo add texture and nuance. Readers will find her story engaging and the resolution quite satisfying."--Booklist

"A serious and relatable tale of everyday life intersecting with and diverging from the realities of war."--Kirkus Reviews

"A stirring novel in verse, traces a 10-year-old's desire to fit in. . . . Amid a historical setting informed by classism, colorism, and colonization, short reflective phrases and vivid cultural details bring out the nuanced story's emotional depth and show the devastating impact of war on Kavi and her loved ones."--Publishers Weekly