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Child of Spring

by Farhana Zia

Engaging writing and a delightful protagonist bring a 1960s Indian village to life.

Basanta longs for the beautiful ring worn by her young mistress, but when it is finally hers, she realizes that it’s not the wonderful possession she expected. Increasingly aware of the struggles of her less privileged friends, Lali and Bala, she finds a way to improve their lives and entertain their community and the beautiful ring takes on new meaning.

Farhana Zia’s engaging novelfilled with a cast of distinct, endearing characters and humorous, thought-provoking eventsprovides an insightful look at relative privilege and opportunity.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-904-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Page Count: 192
Size: 6″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: E-book
ISBN: 978-1-56145-972-8
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

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F&P: GRL U, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 640L
Themes: Community, Friendship, Gratitude, Jealousy, Privilege
BISAC 1: JUV030020 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
BISAC 2: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship

Reviews

“A sweet, authentic Indian slice of middle-grade life.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle story about an impulsive child’s growth into a compassionate local citizen.” ―Booklist Online

“A solid, diverse purchase for middle grade collections.” ―School Library Journal

“With strong themes, stunning imagery, and excellent character growth from Basanta. Child of Spring is a lovely novel perfect for middle grade readers.”—YA and Kids Book Central

Awards

Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2016

Best Children’s Books of the Year ― Bank Street College of Education, 2017

Meet the Author

Farhana Zia is an elementary school teacher who grew up in Hyderabad, India. Her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. Her first picture book, Hot, Hot Roti for Dada-Ji, received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. She lives in Massachusetts.