Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything by Uma Kirshnaswami –OPTIONAL

Kirshnaswami, Uma and Illustrated by Halpin, Abigail The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, 272 pgs. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011. $13.06. (Rating: G in all categories).
Dini and her best friend Maggie love Bollywood movies, and are particularly awestruck by the actress named Dolly. When Dini has to move to a small town in India, she is sad to leave her best friend, but determined to track down Dolly. Dini has read that Dolly is going through some heartbreak, and Dini is determined to help. Thanks to a kind postal worker, and a huge series of coincidences, she might just get that chance….
Despite that fact that she is a typical 11 year old, Dini’s obsession with Dolly is difficult to read about. (Its too late to save the story for me when Dini realizes she needs to tone it down, because that happens close to the end). I think a majority of students will have a hard time relating to the Bollywood style film references, unless that is popular at your school. While I wasn’t too crazy about the story itself, the illustrations were adorable and perfect for this book!
Elementary – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie -MLS graduate & Author.

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