American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar (Aladdin, 2020). Lekha, the only Indian American kid in her small town, feels like she must be two versions of herself. At school she is embarrassed by her Indian culture and tries to avoid hurtful comments from classmates. But when a new Indian family moves into town, Lekha rethinks her approach.
Award Status: Highly Commended
Author: Supriya Kelkar
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