What? A funny chapter book featuring a South Asian boy? I thought they didn't exist. And they didn't, until Candace Fleming wrote her charming LOWJI DISCOVERS AMERICA (Atheneum). Perfect for a 3rd or 4th grader, this short, quick read stars nine-year-old Lowji, a newcomer to Illinois from Mumbai, and a vivid cast of human and animal characters. My favorite thread was Lowji's relationship with Landlady Crisp, an aptly-named harassed and lonely woman who is transformed by Lowji's desire for animal companionship.

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Published on March 21, 2012 11:50 • 73 views
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Mary Louise Sanchez I read this book before going to Chautauqua but forgot that Candace wrote it. I was attributing it to you and when I told you I liked your book, you looked like I didn't know what I was talking about.

Even though you didn't write the book, I'm glad you liked it too!

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