Release day for Hope in the Valley! Here I am at the cusp of 13, the same age as my protagonist PandIta. We moved to a Bay Area suburb, very fresh-off-the-boat, and I started seventh grade in the middle of the school year. Not an easy time of life, so I wrote a lot of poetry. I was able to weave a few of those poems into this novel. Happy publication day, younger Mitali. We got here together, you and I.
So grateful on publication day for team Hope, including my brilliant editor Grace Kendall, agent extraordinaire Laura Rennert, and the amazing team at Macmillan FSG,