The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life Of Sunita Sen

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As Indian culture continues to curry the movies, music, and literature of American culture, the time is perfect to re-introduce this Indian-themed novel about a young girl's heart-felt attempt to straddle her two worlds. Like any other eighth grader, smart and spunky Sunita Sen just wants to fit in. She feels she's doing pretty well, especially as her friendship with the school's tennis star starts to blossom into something more. But when Sunita's grandparents come from India to stay with her family, her ...
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Overview

As Indian culture continues to curry the movies, music, and literature of American culture, the time is perfect to re-introduce this Indian-themed novel about a young girl's heart-felt attempt to straddle her two worlds. Like any other eighth grader, smart and spunky Sunita Sen just wants to fit in. She feels she's doing pretty well, especially as her friendship with the school's tennis star starts to blossom into something more. But when Sunita's grandparents come from India to stay with her family, her lifestyle changes, and Sunita suddenly becomes aware of identity issues she's never before faced. Should she hide her heritage and be like everyone else, or can she find a way to embrace it? Originally published in 1993 as The Sunita Experiment, this touching yet light-hearted tale is back in print in hard and soft cover with a snappy new title, a spectacular jacket design, and a reader's guide.

When her grandparents come for a visit from India to California, thirteen-year-old Sunita finds herself resenting her Indian heritage and embarrassed by the differences she feels between herself and her friends.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316734530
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 818,654
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Mitali Perkins has written articles for numerous magazines and has worked as a teacher and visiting professor. Her first middle grade novel The Sunita Experiment was originally published by Little, Brown in 1993 and was featured in the New York Times. Her YA novel Monsoon Summer was published in August 2004 (Random House).
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2010

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    Highly Recommend- Please read all you second generation Indians in the US!

    This book really touched me because I happen to be half-Indian. I really enjoyed the development of Sunita as a character, although the plot with her crush, Michael Morrison was all to predictable. The overall lessons, with Sunita developing a bond with her family, her grandparents who change her way of life, her mom (who seems to have reverted to permanent Indian ways, even to the extent of sacrificing her job), and her dad who doesn't understand Sunita's lack of interest in the Indian culture. This is both a journey for Sunita, into some Indian ways, and a journey of her grandparents to become more Americanized. The author's voice is consistent with a teenage girl, unlike some other children's stories. I enjoyed this book immensely and I recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    YOU GUYS ARE KIDDING RIGHT?!?!?!!

    I thought that this book was excellent. I bought it two days ago at my school book fair. At first its a litte dull and you think here we go again another teen despising her culture but i felt forced to finish it because i started reading it. And im happy that i kept reading it because it really started to take off in the middle. I recommend this book to anyone who might be looking for a humorous yet serious book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005

    It could have been better

    I'm half Indian and I thought that this book would be really good. It had some funny points and good imaganation but in all it was kind of dull. It had a good always wins kind of end that was pedictable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    Not as good as I thought.

    Being Indian, I like reading about characters who are Indian. This book is very pre-teen drama and the plot was very unappealing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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