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A poignant and delightful story involving class, race, social customs, and a unique friendship that questions them all.
Though theyre divided by class, language, appearanceyou name itChloe and Lakshmi have a lot in common. Both girls are new to Class Five at Premium Academy in New Delhi, India, and neither seems to fit in. But they soon discover how extraordinary an ordinary friendship can be and how celebrating our individuality can change the world.
"Whether describing the heat of a Delhi summer or the emotions of a homesick preteen in a strange land, Darnton gets the details right, bringing characters and story to life and also educating readers about the economic discrepancies rampant in India. Blonde American Chloe's perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture."--Kirkus
"A solid multicultural offering for middle grade collections."--SLJ
"The heart of the storystanding up for others, despite social or economic classcan offer a good discussion for readers and hopefully get them thinking about those around them."--Booklist
"An informed and informative work of fiction that incorporates eye- opening facts about poverty and social systems outside of the United States while never losing the protagonists authentic and relatable voice. Evocative in setting, sympathetic in character, and noble in intent, this story is for armchair travelers and seekers of fairness and friendship."--The Bulletin
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