by Mitali PerkinsReviewed by Ying Ying Fry, age 11, author of Kids Like Me in China.
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Monsoon Summer is about a biracial Indian-American girl named Jazz, who lives in Berkeley, California. This summer, her entire family is going to India, to volunteer at the orphanage where her mom lived as a little kid.
Jazz would rather be home with Steve, her best friend since first grade. While she’s in India, Steve writes to her all the time and complains that she never answers. The truth is, she does write to him, but she doesn’t send her letters because they’re either too gushy or too fake or both.
At first, Jazz feels different and uncomfortable because she’s only part Indian, but after a while she starts to feel like she’s blending in. Then she meets Danita, a 14-year-old girl, who will soon be moving out of the orphanage. Danita is worried about her younger sisters not staying with her. After Danita and Jazz become friends, they talk about all their problems, and life starts to get better for both of them. When Jazz gets back to America, you won’t believe what Steve has prepared for her!
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