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  • Posted March 5, 2014

    Mera naam Russell hai. Oh! Forgive me. I was just practicing my

    Mera naam Russell hai. Oh! Forgive me. I was just practicing my Hindi. Varsha Bajaj’s delightful novel Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood is filled with Hindi phrases that could come in handy someday—like when you finally get to the Taj Mahal or your new best friend in school is an Indian foreign exchange student. But lest you think that ASGTB is just a language lesson, I can quickly dispel that idea. Bajaj’s novel is a cleverly told tale with a smart, quirky, precocious heroine, Abby Spencer herself. Abby is a thirteen year old with her own life soundtrack playing in her head, a perfectly wonderful personal curse word (that has not even a touch of profanity attached,) a zest for life, and a sense of humor that is totally refreshing. Bajaj has created a character with a voice that is distinctive and highly entertaining. And Abby propels a story that is inventive and instructive. Besides learning a bit of Hindi, the reader gets lessons in the rich history and culture of India. And they are far from being dry and boring. The novel is an answer to a question that many single parent children must often ask: What if my father, whom I’ve never known, is someone who is quite important in a profession that sets him apart from 99.99% of the rest of the world? Author Bajaj answers that question with so much fun! Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood should be on everyone’s reading list, especially young girls and those who love them. Read it, yaar!

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