The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

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Dini is back from India—with Bollywood star Dolly in tow! But life in the States isn’t all rose petal milk shakes…

Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better still, Dolly Singh, the starriest star in all of Bollywood, is in America too. Dini’s only just returned from India, and already life is shaping up to be as delicious as a rose petal milk shake. Perfect. Then why can’t she untie the knot in her stomach? Because so much can go ...

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Overview

Dini is back from India—with Bollywood star Dolly in tow! But life in the States isn’t all rose petal milk shakes…

Dini and Maddie, very best friends, are back in the same country at the same time! Better still, Dolly Singh, the starriest star in all of Bollywood, is in America too. Dini’s only just returned from India, and already life is shaping up to be as delicious as a rose petal milk shake. Perfect. Then why can’t she untie the knot in her stomach? Because so much can go wrong when a big star like Dolly is in town. All Dini has to do is make sure Dolly has everything she needs, from a rose petal milk shake to her lost passport to…a parade? And an elephant?

Uh-oh… It’s time to think. What Would Dolly Do? If Dini can’t figure it out, Dolly might take matters into her own hands—and that will surely lead to the biggest mess of all!

Uma Krishnaswami has concocted a delicious sequel to her multiple star–reviewed The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, which Kirkus Reviews called “a delightful romp.”

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Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
In this sequel to The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, Dini is back home in Washington, D.C., enjoying that she is back with her best friend, Maddie. And both girls are extremely excited that their favorite Bollywood actress—and Dini's friend—Dolly Singh will be coming to D.C. to introduce her new movie to the American public. Dini and her father are pulled into the plans for the gala opening, but Dini has no idea how much work it can be helping someone as famous and eccentric as Dolly. Not only does she have to make sure that Dolly has as many rose petal milkshakes as she could want, but somehow Dini has to figure out what happened to Dolly's passport, arrange an elephant for a parade, and make sure that there is a caterer for the gala...and all this while working on her own dance—with her friends Maddie and Brenna—to impress Dolly. Can Dini pull this off? Do Bollywood movies have a lot of dancing in them? Younger readers will certainly love Dini's positive attitude and will probably want to learn more about Bollywood after reading this story. Reviewer: Jean Boreen, Ph.D.
Kirkus Reviews
Best friends Dini and Maddie and Bollywood movie star Dolly Singh, from Krishnaswami's The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (2011), return for a breathless dance through Washington, D.C. Dini's visit from India, where she's been living, back to Takoma Park, Md., reunites the sixth-graders. They plan to take part in the grand opening of the star's latest film, part of an Indian festival at the Smithsonian. But this dance doesn't progress smoothly: The flighty star has lost her passport; she wants an elephant for the festival parade; she needs rose-petal milkshakes and a really nice cake for her party. And there's more. The caterers have canceled. Maddie hopes her new friend Brenna can be part of their performance. When Mini, a young elephant in the National Zoo, takes off down Connecticut Avenue, the tranquilizing dart meant for her hits Dolly's husband. Jumping from one scene to another, the fast-paced, present-tense narrative conveys Dini's jittery jet-lagged feeling as she struggles to choreograph her own steps and to make Dolly happy. Just as the star drops jewelry, the author flings pieces of plot everywhere, but she pulls it all back together in fine Bollywood style. Halpin's grayscale illustrations (final art not seen) add flavor. Bits of Indian culture and Bollywood drama add delicious undertones to this confection, a treat for middle-grade readers. (Fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442423282
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/13/2013
  • Pages: 274
  • Sales rank: 814,879
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children. She was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico.

Abigail Halpin is an illustrator/graphic designer living in New England who likes bright colors, all things retro, and sharp pencils.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

    This book was really good. I didn't buy this book on my nook, but I did recieve the book from the public library this summer for the young adult program. Turns out that book was an editing copy, meaning it was uncorrected of any errors and might be slightly different from edited ones. Like I said this book is really good, but half the time I didn't even understand it. Though I think that is because it was an editing copy. Well anyways, BUY THIS BOOK! IT IS PRETTY COOL!

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