American as Paneer Pie

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Published Aug. 13, 2020 by Dreamscape Media.

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5 stars (2 reviews)

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Review of 'American As Paneer Pie' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

This was a remarkably smart and nuanced realistic middle grade novel. The premise sounds so simple: Lekha hides her Indian American culture from her classmates as much as possible until she meets Avantika, a girl her age and recent immigrant from India, who is unashamed of who she is. But there's so much that gets touched upon without it feeling overwhelming: identity, colorism, allyship, friendship, family dynamics, even journalistic ethics. It touches on so many issues without feeling like an "issues book"; instead, the characters are fully fleshed-out and believable, the events natural and organic. Lekha experiences racism both overt and subtle; Indian kids will feel seen, while non-Indian kids will learn to better understand the effects of the kinds of comments her classmates make. Ultimately, the book is about finding yourself and standing up for what's right, even if it's hard, even if you don't get it perfect every …

Review of 'American As Paneer Pie' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

A lovely, heart-felt story that does a brilliant job of looking at everything from friendship to racism from the very believable perspective of an eleven year old.

Lekha is a great middle grade heroine. She's smart, funny, and trying so hard to both be herself and to fit in - at home, at school, and at swim practice - that the reader is pulled right into her story and can't help but cringe and cheer along side of her. Her pain is easy to connect with, her missteps are real and oh-s0-relatable, and her triumphs are just the right size to make any reader see that growth, change, and forgiveness is possible.

Great supporting characters - including present and realistic parents - round out this story and make it one of my current favorites.

A must read!