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The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen by Mitali Perkins [in AsianWeek]

Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita SenRecently re-released under this new title, this charming coming-of-age tale introduces teenager Sunita Sen, a tennis-playing, pizza-craving, California girl who suddenly becomes self-conscious of her Indian heritage when her grandparents arrive for an extended stay. What’s a girl to do when one of your best friends is banned from the house only because he’s a boy, your mother suddenly forgoes her teaching career to be the ideal Indian woman, and your grandmother can only brag about her other perfect grandchildren while you’re feeling so inadequate?

Review: “New and Notable Books,” AsianWeek, September 29, 2005

Readers: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Published: 1993 as The Sunita Experiment, 2005 (new edition)


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