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An Indian-American girl who struggles to navigate her two very different lives: the one at home, where she can be herself, and the one at school, where she is teased for her culture. When a racist incident rocks her small town, she must decide to continue to remain silent or find her voice.
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Expected publication: May 12th 2020 by Aladdin
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Wendi Lee
Lekha was an Indian-American living in a small town an hour away from Detroit. She was used to fielding racist comments from her classmates and microaggressions from teachers, and instead of confronting them, Lekha has ignored them and tried not to attract attention. So when Avantika moves to town and started challenging the casual racism, Lekha feels both conflicted and exposed, yet also happy to have someone else who can share her love of Bollywood movies and Indian food.

More casual racism
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Kristin Crouch
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Ed/Library team for sharing American As Paneer Pie with Collabookation.
Lekha has been the only Indian kid in her Michigan suburb for her entire life. Which means that for her entire school career, she's been called Dot, asked why she smells, and been outcasted/dismissed by most classmates. Except for her best friend and next door neighbor, Noah, Lekha is on her own to survive the mistreatment from her peers. Luckily she has a supportive mom and dad, and some
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Penny
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to School Library Journal for the ARC!
Brava to the author and the main character, Lehka. So refreshing and so genuine. Definitely planning to purchase for my library. My only request would be that the Indian foods, clothing, and other terms were more explained or had a glossary. I sometimes felt as 'out of it' as I'm sure an immigrant feels here; perhaps, there was a reason for not having one?
delph ✨
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full review on my blog : here

An e-ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange of an honest review. This does not effect my opinion in any way.

I dont know if Ill ever have the words to express what I think about this book but know that I totally loved it. The premise seems simple: a young indian-american girl in a really white town, juggling between her indian heritage and the image she shows at school, an image she has because she doesnt want the white kids to pick at her.

But
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Kate Waggoner
Mar 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-read
Thank you to #NetGalley and Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing for allowing me to read a digital ARC of American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar. This beautifully written and thought-provoking middle grades novel will be releases June 1, 2020. All opinions are my own.

Lekha Divekar is the only Indian American kid in her small town of Oakridge, Michigan. She feels as if two versions of herself exist: Home Lekha and School Lekha. At home she loves eating Indian food, watching Bollywood
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Kristie Minji Patterson
A well-crafted and relevant story taking readers into the shoes of Indian-American Lekha Divekar, a sixth-grader trying to find her voice and identity in the midst of deliberate and unconscious acts of bigotry. Lekha (a first-person POV narrator) is a good Desi kid who loves making puns, swimming, and watching Bollywood movies, but she also struggles to speak up when she should. She's realistically relatable, as are most of the characters in this story. At its heart, this is a story about ...more
Beth Mendelsohn
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Edelweiss and SLJ for this ARC. All opinions are my own.

Lekha, an 11-year-old Indian-American girl, lives in a suburb of Detroit where she is the only Desi in town. She is tired of the questions: Where is your dot? Whats that smell? Where are you really from? Lekha usually ignores these questions and often commiserates with her neighbor and best friend, Noah, that is, until a new neighbor moves in. Its another Desi family with a daughter the same age as Lekha and Noah. Lekha is very
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Kathie
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending an ARC of this book to #bookportage for review.

I loved the author's 2017 middle grade release called AHIMSA, and AMERICAN AS PANEER PIE was on my list of most anticipated 2020 releases. This story centers around Lekha, who is trying to reconcile the life she has at home with her Indian American family, and her life at school where she desperately tries to ignore the kids who tease her. When another Desi family with a daughter her age moves in
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Patricia
Feb 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A lovely, heart-felt story that does a brilliant job of looking at everything from friendship to racism from the very believable perspective of an eleven year old.

Lekha is a great middle grade heroine. She's smart, funny, and trying so hard to both be herself and to fit in - at home, at school, and at swim practice - that the reader is pulled right into her story and can't help but cringe and cheer along side of her. Her pain is easy to connect with, her missteps are real and oh-s0-relatable,
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Mary
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved this book! The character development and growth was realistic and so well done. The writing was engaging, and unapologetically bilingual, which I loved. This story is about family, friends, racism, finding yourself, and so much more. It is also unfortunately timely in the way our political climate is right now, with a lot of racism and xenophobia coming from elected officials. We see how that trickles down to your neighbors and classmates. We also see how sometimes it is hard ...more
Anna
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thanks to School Library Journal for the ARC!
Cute middle grade novel about standing up for yourself and fully embracing your culture outside the comfort of your own home. Inevitably, and too conveniently, the problem of racism arises, which dragged down the book. Why does every book like this need to involve racism anyway?
Best part is how the author incorporates Indian food, clothing and culture liberally throughout the book. I wish there had been a glossary included though - sometimes the
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Jill Ramig
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lekha is the only Indian American girl in her town. Her goal is to blend in and not draw attention to any differences. When a new girl moves onto her street Lekha leans the power of speaking up. She overcomes her shyness and fights against racism in her community. Go Lekha! @supriyakelkar_ #bookexcursion
Ms. Yingling
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Lehka loves being on the swim team and hanging out with neighbor and friend Noah in her town an hour from Detroit, but she occasionally wishes she weren't the only Desi girl in her school. When new neighbors move in and have a girl her age AND have just come from India, Lehka doesn't quite know what to think. There are a lot of things she has in common with Avantika, but since her new neighbor is a fob (fresh of the boat), she doesn't understand that there are
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Patricia
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A lovely, heart-felt story that does a brilliant job of looking at everything from friendship to racism from the very believable perspective of an eleven year old.

Lekha is a great middle grade heroine. She's smart, funny, and trying so hard to both be herself and to fit in - at home, at school, and at swim practice - that the reader is pulled right into her story and can't help but cringe and cheer along side of her. Her pain is easy to connect with, her missteps are real and oh-s0-relatable,
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MayorEmma
Earc from netgalley.

i loved the cover on this one! the story itself is good, i just got kind of confused at some of it, but otherwise, this is a good read.
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