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Books by Mitali Perkins

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Bamboo People - Mitali Perkins
Two Burmese boys, one a Karenni refugee and the other the son of an imprisoned Burmese doctor, meet in the jungle and in order to survive they must learn to trust each other.

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Secret Keeper - Mitali Perkins
In 1974 when her father leaves New Delhi, India, to seek a job in New York, Asha, a tomboy at the advanced age of sixteen, feels thwarted in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must stay, and when her father dies before he can send for them, they must remain with their relatives and observe the old-fashioned traditions that Asha hates.

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Monsoon Summer - Mitali Perkins
Jasmine "Jazz" Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mother's doing: Mrs. Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she was young. But going to India isn't Jazz's idea of a great summer vacation.

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Rickshaw Girl - Mitali Perkins
In her Bangladesh village, ten-year-old Naimi excels at painting designs called alpanas, but to help her impoverished family financially she would have to be a boy--or disguise herself as one.

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The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen - Mitali Perkins
Thirteen-year-old Sunita finds herself resenting her Indian heritage when her grandparents come for a visit from India to California. She's embarrassed by the differences she feels between herself and her friends, but she's in for some surprises as she gets to know her grandparents -- and herself!

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First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover - Mitali Perkins
Sameera's dad is running for President and some of his campaign staffers think the candidate's dark-skinned, adopted daughter could hurt his chances if she doesn't "try to be more American." As the pressure builds, Sameera is forced to choose: Will she hide behind a fake persona or speak up for her true self?

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First Daughter: White House Rules - Mitali Perkins
The second novel in the First Daughter series continues the adventures of a Pakistani- American teen in the White House.

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Tiger Boy - Mitali Perkins
When a tiger cub escapes from a nature reserve near Neel's island village, he and his sister resolve to find the cub before she is captured by a man who wants to sell her on the black market. Neel's parents, however, are counting on him to study hard and win a prestigious scholarship to a boarding school far from home. Neel doesn't want to leave his family or his island home and he struggles with his familial duty and his desire to maintain the beauty and wildness of his island home in West Bengal's Sunderbans.


Mitali Perkins: Teaching across Cultures

Mitali Perkins discusses why she writes for young adult audiences and why teachers should use multicultural literature.


Mitali Perkins: Connections for Students

Mitali Perkins discusses being an author and storyteller and how students can relate to themes in her books.


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