American as Paneer Pie
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American as Paneer Pie Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 5 hours and 57 minutes
Author Supriya Kelkar
Narrator Priya Ayyar Release Date 04 August 2020
Publisher Dreamscape Media, LLC
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
Best Sellers Rank #23,141 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Audiobooks & Originals)
#9 in Asian American Stories for Children
#19 in Exploring United States Fiction for Children
#40,632 in Children's Literature & Fiction (Books)

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Reviewed in India on 10 August 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars 🖤 Middle grade dealing with identity, bullying, multicultural background, immigrants, racism.
By Reading_Tam_Ishly on 10 August 2020
💫Best reads 2020

💫One of the best middle grade books dealing with racism, discrimination, bullying, attacks on immigrants, identity, friendship and family dynamics, multicultural background; Indian cinema, food, festivals and culture

I really love how the author made the voices of these young characters really relatable which develop into something which would echo to wherever and whoever it reaches to to echo back the same and make whoever reads this book think twice on the themes this book handles.

This is incredibly well-done and I was quite surprised!

The cover and the title are awesome but they make the book look as some other middle grade books which deal with the kid's life in general but dang, this book turned out to be more serious yet told in a very easy and urgent manner that it's just impossible to put down this book once I started it.

I picked up this book randomly for the #discoveringindiareadathon that has been going on at Instagram this month (August 2020) and so I picked up this book because of the author's Indian name.
(Sometimes I love me for picking up random books which turn into my all-time favorites. This moment needs a celebration with a cup of tea ☕ Keep steaming I say!)

I liked how the story developed.

The first part deals with the character introductions which is swift and oh-so-easy to get into but yes, each character is distinct and quite alive and outspoken.

I love the constant presence plus the contribution of the adult characters in the character as well as the plot development.

Lekha, the main character, is quite the character you would want to read in a contemporary fiction. She was introduced as someone trying so hard to fit in (of course, who wouldn't when you're the only one different in the whole school in terms of skin colour and the food you eat everyday at school which is quite different from what everyone else eats there?)

She gets to face constant criticism, bullying and questions (not necessarily asked because they wanted to know actual answers).

Avantika, another character of her same age, gets shifted there and starts attending the same school.

The character difference between these two characters was quite fascinating. Avantika is proud of her roots, her identity and her culture. She's an amazing character.

(Author, I wanted more of this character in the book. You just muted her suddenly it seems.)

Noah, bff of Lekha, who's quite funny and the ever sunshine positive being! He's cute but yes, I wanted more of this character as well towards the ending.

Character development is really good. The politics part needed more depth but I am not complaining as it is what as it is for a middle grade fiction. At least it tried to tell what bad politics look and sound like.

I like the ending. It's just beautiful.

And all that food talk!!!! I was craving for all those sweets and the Gujarati dishes 😵
And yes, the book has the actual recipe for the Paneer pie! Damn ☺️

*Highlight: The Bollywood ghost in me came alive while reading this book!!!
Govinda! Sridevi!
Old Hindi Classic movies! I am so happy I am familiar with all these references and I had such a fun time there!

One of the best reads indeed!🖤
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