It's 1983, and Reha feels torn between two worlds: school, where she’s the only Indian American student, and home, with her family’s traditions and holidays. But Reha’s parents don’t understand why she’s conflicted — they only notice when Reha doesn’t meet their strict expectations. Reha feels disconnected from her mother, or Amma, although their names are linked — Reha means "star" and Punam means "moon" — but they are a universe apart.
Then Reha finds out that her Amma is sick. Really sick. Reha, who dreams of becoming a doctor even though she can’t stomach the sight of blood, is determined to make her Amma well again. She’ll be the perfect daughter, if it means saving her Amma’s life. Rajani LaRocca comes a radiant story about the ties that bind starring a Mighty Girl who is determined to fight for her mother's life... and then to fight through the grief when she dies. This is the perfect next read for fans of Jasmine Warga and Thanhhà Lại.
"Reha’s story of her evolving relationships with her parents... feels layered and real, and the scenes in which Reha must grapple with the possible loss of a parent are beautifully and sensitively rendered. The sophistication of the text makes it a valuable and thought-provoking read even for those older than the protagonist. An intimate novel that beautifully confronts grief and loss." — Kirkus Reviews
|Recommended Age||10 - 13|
|Publication Date||Feb 2, 2021|
|Publisher||Quill Tree Books|
|Award Winners||Newbery Honor|