Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Love is Like a Monsoon

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

Jazz is falling in love with her best friend Steve, but they’re so busy running a successful business together in Berkeley, they barely have time to notice. This summer, Jazz has to accompany her family to India, back to the orphanage her mother was adopted from years ago. 

I like the combination of coming-of-age/origin stories, like how Jazz travels back to where her family is from to find out more about who she is. You can chart her connection to her culture and growing identity, which is something many immigrants in America today could relate to.

Song to Read By: "Jai Ho" from Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack:

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