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Thirst

12-year-old Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity — an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night.

Meanwhile, in the high-rise building where she just started to work, she discovers that water streams out of every faucet and there’s even a rooftop swimming pool. What Minni also discovers there is one of the water mafia bosses. Now she must decide whether to expose him and risk her job and maybe her life. How did something as simple as access to water get so complicated?

This poignant middle grade novel is a powerful introduction to issues around water access that affect millions of people around the world — and how the availability of something that many of us take for granted can affect both individuals and communities. Varsha Bajaj has crafted a riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone.

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"In this poignant, relatable work, Bajaj expertly depicts class and wealth differences; Minni’s worries for her mother and anger at the injustices inflicted on her community are especially moving. A valiant call for justice." — Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

Recommended Age 10 - 13
Author Varsha Bajaj
ISBN 0593354397
Publication Date Jul 19, 2022
Publisher Nancy Paulsen Books
Language English