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The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic

by Uma  Krishnaswami
Illustrated by Abigail Halpin

Published by Atheneum, 2013
288 pages
ISBN: 978𢴒424-23282

Ages 7-10

After meeting her idol, Bollywood star Dolly Singh, in The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (Atheneum, 2011), young Dini is now caught up in the whirlwind that is life whenever Dolly is around. Dolly has come to the United States for a premier of her latest film as part of an international festival at the Smithsonian. Dini, visiting Baltimore and her best friend, Maddie, with her father while her medical mom remains in the Indian village of Swampnagiri, is determined to help Dolly have everything she needs to make the premier perfect. So she抯 working with Maddie on a special dance, trying to get a baker to make the rose petal cake (what would the premier be without one?), and then there抯 the matter of finding an elephant (ditto), not to mention worrying over the mystery of Dolly抯 missing passport. Uma Krishnaswami抯 second breezy, buoyant novel about Dini and Dolly and friends and family has no shortage of coincidences, which means, of course, everything will work out in the end. But getting there is such a pleasure. Krishnaswami抯 fresh, lively writing is full of rich language and word play and an irresistible sense of fun. A great read-aloud choice, this novel will delight listeners and independent readers alike. (MS) 2013 Cooperative Children抯 Book Center


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