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 novel—filled with a cast of distinct, endearing characters and humorous, thought-provoking events—provides an insightful look at relative privilege and opportunity.
“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
Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2016
Best Children’s Books of the Year ― Bank Street College of Education, 2017
AR Level: 4.2
F&P: GRL U, Gr 5, Genre RF
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