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APRIL 29, 2009
Blue Jasmine by Kashmira Sheth

12-year-old Seema moves with her family from India to Iowa City, leaving behind her best friend and cousin Raju and her extended family. Nervous about fitting in and unable to speak English very well, she attends school and finds that nothing is the same as it was in India. Although she makes friends, she is hounded by a bully, a new girl at school, every single day. She longs for Raju and another classmate who she treated badly in school the previous year. When her grandmother Dadima becomes very ill, the family briefly returns to India where Seema must face her angry cousin who cannot accept the changes in her, and learn the truth about the classmate she never treated very well. This is a quiet story that will appeal in particular to girls ages 10-13. Cultural differences are explored as well as bullying. This author won the Paul Zindel first Novel Award.

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