The Immigration Experience
... India

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Picture books
Fiction
Junior High

Picture Books

Gilmore, Rachna. Lights for Gita. 1994.
Youth Picture book GIL
It is Divali. In India it would be warm, and Gita’s family would be all together, sharing sweets and watching fireworks. But in America it is raining, cold– and lonely.
Gilmore, Rachna. Roses for Gita. 2004.
Youth Picture Book GIL
Gita misses her grandmother’s garden back in India. She wonders if she will ever have a garden of her own in America.
Gilmore, Rachna. A Gift for Gita. 1998.
Youth Picture Book GIL
Gita’s father has been offered a job back in India. Gita has wished for so long to return to India– but now she is not certain she wants to go.
Heine, Theresa. Elephant Dance: Memories of India. 2004.
Youth Picture Book HEI
When Ravi’s grandfather comes from India, Ravi asks him question after question about India. Grandfather’s answers are full of magic.
Krishnaswami, Uma. Bringing Asha Home. 2006.
Youth Picture Book KRI
On Rakhi, the Hindu holiday for brothers and sisters, Arun will be getting a new baby sister all the way from India. But it’s so hard to wait for her to come!
Krishnaswami, Uma. Chachaji’s Cup. 2003.
Youth Picture Book KRI
Neel’s uncle, Chachaji, tells him wonderful stories as they share tea together. Chachaji always drinks his tea out of the same china cup, because the cup came from his home in India.
Krishnaswami, Uma. The Closet Ghosts. 2006.
Youth Picture Book KRI
Anu hates her new house. Why? There are ghosts in her closet!
Krishnaswami, Uma. The Happiest Tree. 2005.
Youth Picture Book KRI
Meena always has to be moving. So she is worried when she has to be a tree in the class play! How will she manage to stay still?
Makhijani, Pooja. Mama’s Saris. 2007.
Youth Picture book MAK
Mama’s beautiful saris are irresistible!
Sheth, Kashmira. My Dadima Wears a Sari. 2007.
Youth Picture Book SHE
Rupa wonders why grandmother wears a sari every day, even though she now lives in America. Enjoy this fun story, and learn how to wrap a sari, too!
Smith, Jeremy. Lily’s Garden of India. 2003.
Youth Picture Book SMI
Lily’s mother’s garden is filled with plants from all over the world. As she wanders through a path surrounded by plants of India, the plants seem to speak to her– and they tell her about their native land.
Yamate, Sandra S. Ashok. By Any Other Name. 1992.
Youth Picture Book YAM
Ashok wishes his name sounded more American, so he decides to change it. But none of the names he chooses seems quite right.

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Fiction

Banerjee, Anjali. Looking for Bapu. 2006.
Youth Fiction BAN
When Anu’s beloved grandfather suffers a stroke and dies, Anu misses him terribly. But maybe Bapu’s spirit is left behind. Anu decides to try to find out.
Banerjee, Anjali. Rani and the Fashion Divas. 2005.
Youth Series Paperback STAR SISTERZ
Trying to fit in, Rani joins the fashion divas, the most popular girls in school. But are they true friends?
Clarke, Judith. Kalpana’s Dream. 2004.
Youth Fiction CLA
The freshman class has been assigned an essay: “Who Am I?” Neema, half Indian and half Australian, wonders how she will answer that question.
Dhami, Narinder. Bindi Babes. 2003. *
Youth Fiction DHA
A year after their mom’s death, sisters Geena, Amber and Jazz seem fine, but Dad thinks they need a woman to care for them. Enter Auntie, who arrives from India. Auntie is a very traditional Indian woman. The girls are super independent. Culture clash!
Dhami, Narinder. Bollywood Babes. 2005. *
Youth Fiction DHA
Geena, Amber and Jazz set out to liven up their school fundraiser by getting a Bollywood star to appear. This is not as easy as it sounds!
Dhami, Narinder. Bhangra Babes. 2005.
Youth Fiction DHA
The girls have been trying to get Auntie married so she’ll leave them alone– and their plan has worked! Now Auntie’s wedding day is just around the corner.
Fleming, Candace. Lowji Discovers America. 2005.
Youth Fiction FLE
Nine-year-old Lowji has just moved from the big, noisy city of Bombay, India to the small, quiet town of Hamlet, Illinois. What a difference!
Krishnaswami, Uma. Naming Maya. 2004.
Youth Fiction KRI
When Maya was born, her parents argued over her name. Now Maya wonders if that argument is what caused their divorce.
Nagda, Ann Whitehead. Meow Means Mischief. 2003.
Youth Easy Fiction NAG
Oh no! Rana is sure that that her grandparents from India don’t like her. Now they’re coming to babysit! How will Rana ever get through the week?
Sreenivasan, Jyotsna. Aruna’s Journeys. 1997.
Youth Fiction SRE
Aruna is so self-conscious about being Indian that she wants to avoid anything Indian– especially an upcoming trip to Bangalore.

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Junior High

Banerjee, Anjali. Maya Running. 2005.
Junior High Fiction BAN
Thirteen-year-old Maya lives in Manitoba, Canada, where she tries to fit in– but does that mean denying her Indian heritage?
Budhos, Marina Tamar. Ask Me No Questions. 2006.
Junior High Fiction BUD
What is it like to be in America illegally? When immigration laws are tightened after 9/11, Nadira's family must hide to avoid deportation.
Desai Hidier, Tanuja. Born Confused. 2002. *
Junior High Fiction DES
When her parents try to arrange an Indian boyfriend for her, Dimple refuses. But when her best friend gets interested in him, everything changes!
Gilmore, Rachna. A Group of One. 2001.
Junior High Fiction GIL
Tara wonders why grandmother's upcoming visit is causing so much family tension. When Naniji arrives, Tara begins to understand. Naniji immediately starts criticizing the family's move from India.
Lamba, Marie. What I Meant. 2007.
Junior High Fiction LAM
Life in suburban Philadelphia is great for 15-year-old Sang– that is, until her Indian aunt moves in.
Perkins, Mitali. First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover. 2007.
Junior High Fiction PER
Sameera was adopted from a Pakistani orphanage when she was three. Now her dad is running for president, which makes Sameera an instant celebrity! Suddenly she has "handlers" who want her to be an all-American girl.
Perkins, Mitali. Monsoon Summer. 2004.
Junior High Fiction PER
The last thing 15-year-old Jasmine wants is to spend the summer in India. After all, she has a life! But her mom is going to volunteer in an orphanage, and wants Jazz with her. Will there be anything to do there?
Perkins, Mitali.The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen. 2005.
Junior High Fiction PER
Ever since grandma and grampa have come to visit from India, Mom has been acting weird– taking a leave from her university post, wearing a sari and cooking curry all day. What is going on?
Sheth, Kashmira. Blue Jasmine. 2004.
Junior High Fiction SHE
For 12-year-old Seema, being an immigrant is just plain hard. Iowa City seems strange, her classmates are unfriendly, and learning English is a struggle. Seema longs to go home– but where is home?

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