Books

Picture Book | Waterbrook & Multnomah | 1/12/22
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Home Is In Between
Picture Book | Macmillan FSG 
 ". . . Animation-style characters by Naidu reflect emotion clearly, while straightforward writing by Perkins shows how Shanti learns to appreciate aspects of her new life while keeping people and elements from her old one close to her heart." ― Publishers Weekly, starred review

Between Us and Abuela
Picture Book | Macmillan FSG 
 "...Maria; her little brother, Juan; and their mother take a bus to the U.S. side to hear the Christmas story, sing carols, worship with other separated families, and have a fleeting face-to-face moment through the fencing with beloved Abuela, who has traveled from her Mexican village to see them for the first time in five years ... Cartoon drawings emphasize the resilience of Abuela and her family as they navigate the border landscape, the impenetrable wall, and a situation that feels unfathomable—but is, unfortunately, all too based in reality." ― Publishers Weekly, starred review
Forward Me Back To You
YA | Macmillan FSG 
 "... Simple prose belies complex themes around faith, service, personal identity, and trauma, and Perkins adroitly threads carefully balanced perspectives throughout the story and draws readers’ attention to cultural bias ... This timely, realistic story filled with lots of heart yet devoid of a pat ending is sure to capture readers’ interests and spark contemplative conversations around global issues and activism. A must-have for teen and new adult collections." ― School Library Journal, starred review



You Bring The Distant Near
YA | Macmillan FSG
 "An unforgettable novel that spans decades and continents as it moves among three generations of Indian women, some new immigrants to the U.S., all struggling to bridge cultures ... Perkins’s vibrantly written exploration of a family in transition is saturated with romance, humor, and meaningful reflections on patriotism, blended cultures, and carving one’s own path. " — Publishers Weekly starred review

Tiger Boy | Charlesbridge | Grades 3-6
 "Set in the lush Sunderbans natural region of Bengal, this quiet, gripping tale emphasizes the deep but often fragile connection that exists between humans and nature ... Young readers will revel in the vivid action and suspense surrounding Neel and his sister Rupa’s quest to locate the tiger cub." — School Library Journal, starred review


Open Mic | Candlewick | Grades 5-9
"[A] noteworthy anthology, which robustly proves Perkins’ assertion that 'funny is powerful.'" — Horn Book
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Bamboo People | Charlesbridge | Grades 5-9
 "A graceful exploration of the redemptive power of love, family, and friendship." — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


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Secret Keeper | Random House | Grades 7-10
"An intimate and absorbing drama ... a moving portrait of a rebellious teen who relies on ingenuity rather than charm to prove her worth." — Publishers Weekly 
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Rickshaw Girl | Charlesbridge | Grades 2-5
"[This] lively, moving book has surprises that continue to the end." — Booklist
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"Sameera is an intelligent, witty and prepossessed heroine ... teens should enjoy this peek at the behind-the-scenes finessing that goes on in modern politics." — Publishers Weekly


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First Daughter: White House Rules | Dutton | Grades 5-8
"Sparrow's actions and thoughtful blog posts paint her as a likable character and great role model." — Kirkus
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Monsoon Summer | Random House | Grades 5-8
"A light-hearted yarn, spun with fascinating details and hearty characters." — Seattle Times

 
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Sunita Sen | Little Brown | Grades 5-8
"Perkins combines her fresh, unaffected prose with moving bits of Indian poetry and lore, rendering this well-thought out investigation of cultural identity doubly moving ... A funny, honest, and homespun story." — Publisher's Weekly

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