Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – January 2023 Pick

Written by Varsha Bajaj

While studying for final exams, Minni, 12, discovers a theft ring depriving her poor Mumbai neighborhood of needed water. Despite growing family responsibilities, she combats the injustice.

Our Young Reviewer Says:

“I liked that the book taught me about water shortages and it also had suspense.The main character was an interesting person and she had many challenges.The book also had an interesting plot. Something that made the plot interesting was that the story was so different from what happens here. I did not know that in some places you can’t just turn the sink on. You need to collect the water, boil the water and strain the water. It made me feel grateful for what I have. That is why I LOVED this book. The plot, setting, language and characters helped me enjoy the book because the setting was a hot place so it had water shortages, which created suspense.The characters encouraged Minni as she was going through tough times. The main character grows throughout the book because her family starts to rely on her more so she becomes very responsible.”

–Sebastian, 5th Grade, Eastchester, NY.

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