Stealing our way home by Cecilia Galante

Hi there, today’s post features a contemporary story of a pair of siblings facing some troubled times. It’s books like these that keep me grateful for what I do have and opens my heart out to young people who are actually living lives similar to these. Despite the struggles of these characters, their story is one liked reading, armed with a box of tissues!! If you think you’re brave enough, then dear followers, please read on…

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Welcome to July!

Hello everyone, welcome to the chilly month of July. Winter has finally arrived after quite a warm first half of the year. Our days are shorter and colder. My sister, who lives in the UK, is enjoying her summer holidays with her young family! Often I wish I was there, but for me, the only great thing, apart from the weather in the UK now, is the amiable relationship I have with her. So, this month, I’m featuring tween stories about siblings, and the unique bond that having a brother or sister gives you.

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A few extra teen reads

Hello all to this extra post!! If you enjoyed When Dimple met Rishi as I did I hope you enjoy this small selection of similar teen stories I found lurking on the shelves. There seem to be more diverse stories for teens out there now, and these few tell of young Indian girls and boys who are growing up in these modern times.

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When Dimple met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

Hello everyone, this week’s post is a delightful teen story I found about a young Indian teenage girl called Dimple and a boy called Rishi. One of the main reasons I enjoyed this book was because it reminded me of those Bollywood movies I used to watch in my youth filled with a colourful cast of characters, hilarious scenes of romance, while telling a story of identity. Hope you enjoy it too!!

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Mira Levenson series by Sita Brahmachari

Hi everyone, this first week’s post features a series of three books I found by chance while looking for something else. One of the reasons I truly enjoyed this trio of books was not just the stunning writing by Sita Brahmachari, but the family she focuses on. If you enjoy a family story like me, then read on!!

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Indian reads this June

Hello everyone, June begins here in New Zealand with a chilly blast through the front doors of the library I work in. Yes, winter has arrived!! My theme for this month however has nothing to do with the weather; I’m just fascinated by it!! For my posts this month I wanted to give a friendly salute to the culture of India and introduce the trending diverse stories that seem to be crowding into children’s literature.

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Sunken Forest by Des Hunt

Hi everyone, this last post for this month features a story by best-selling author Des Hunt. Ever since I started my journey into reading tween books, those written by Des Hunt have made quite an impact on me. This title impressed me from the beginning as I learned something new about the country I call home. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

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