The Not-so-star-spangled Life Of Sunita Sen


This teen novel depicts the life of Sunita Sena, a 13 year-old girl of Indian heritage whose grandparents come from India to visit for the year. The reader witnesses Sunita's transformation from a shy, angry youth to a mature teenager.

Parent Perspective:
Ms. Perkins gives the reader the sense that she has lived the story herself, Ms. Perkins handles the topic of multicultural identity with great alacrity. The reader feels compassion towards Sunita as she struggles to gain her personal freedom amidst rumor mills, peer pressure, and the aromas of a distant land.

Reader Enjoyment Factors:

The story is well written and artfully describes a contemporary teen dilemma. It is an enjoyable read.

Content Awareness Factors:


Type of Book:
The theme of feeling different is at the core of this young adult novel. This has potential as a high interest / low readability title for teens struggling with reading.
Educational Themes:

Because of the way it introduces the themes, it may prove to be a valuable book for beginning cross-cultural, multi-generational discussions.

Reading Level:
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
10 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
9 to 13
Purchase Recommendation:
I highly recommend this book.

Title The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen
Author Mitali Perkins
Publisher Little, Brown Books for Young Readers © 2005
ISBN 0316734535
Material Hard Cover
Genres Cultures & Tradition, Growing Up, Asia | Asian People
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