Written by Gloria Whelan
US Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-58536-603-3
Year of publication: 2013
Awards & Selections
- Storytelling World Resource Awards: Stories for Pre-Adolescent Listeners honors selection 2014.
- Bank Street College Best Children and Young Adult Books of 2014.
- Highly Commended Book title for the 2014 South Asia Book Award (SABA) for Children’s and Young Adult Literature.
“Amanda Hall’s illustrations are exquisite. The double page picture of Kumar walking through a festive city all covered with lights, bedecked in ribbons and crowned with sparkling fireworks is a celebration in pink and green. Andal’s grandmother is shown wearing a white sari. As she floats down the staircase to shush Kumar out the front door she looks very much like a ghost from the past—which she is.”
— The Children’s Bookshelf / Sue Ann Martin ~ Read whole review
“Hall’s illustrations echo traditional Indian folk art, while Whelan deftly explains that the persistence of the caste system is mostly because of older individuals who won’t change. This book raises big questions about society and its norms that will challenge readers’ intellectual curiosity.”
— Booklist Online / Amina Chaudhri ~ Read whole review