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It's a Girl Thing

Engaging books for girls that feature and Indian adventure, dolls coming to life and an Olympic skating dream.

Truth:  A great story is a great story and should be enjoyed by both boys and girls

Truth:  There is no way my sons would read about ice skating at the Maple Blossom Festival

And yet, this week I have a great story about a girl with an Olympic skating dream, another fabulous book about a girl who is obsessed with a famous Bollywood star, and a lovely story about dolls that come to life when their owners are not around.

So let's be honest. As well as a story is written, and as compelling as that narrative may be, there are some books that most boys will never want to pick up, even under the greatest duress I can imagine—no more video games!

So sit back on your flowered comforter, with your hair in a ponytail and a fluffy blanket on your lap and soak up some fun books that speak to the hopes and wishes of girls. Yes, it is a girl thing!

If you were really hoping for some boy books this week, check out the blog written by my sons, One Great Book Unplugged. They have just posted some great titles that boys will definitely enjoy!

Title:       The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Author:   Uma Kirshnaswami 

Target:    Grades 3-6 

Series:     No 

What this book is about: 

Dini is obsessed with Bollywood, and especially Dolly Singh, the star of her favorite Bollywood movies.  When Dini’s mother gets a grant to work in a clinic in India, the family moves from Maryland to a small Indian village, which Dini fears will never bring her closer to Dolly. The story unfolds like a movie, as Dolly is in hiding in that same village with a broken heart, and with the help of a postman, bakery owner, handyman, driver, and tea plantation owner, Dini works to fix everyones problems, including her own!

Why I love this book: 

This book is pure, well-written fun! The story moves along like a film, with amazing chance encounters, and monkeys in all the right places for comic relief! Dini is a lovely main character who is struggling with moving away from her best friend and finding a purpose in India. You can’t help but smile when you are done with this story.

I also want to mention the illustrations, which are just perfect for the story.  They are charming and in all the right places!   

Who this book is for: 

This a wonderful girl book and a fun book for kids interested in the Bollywood film culture.    

Final thoughts: 

A fast-paced adventure with a clever heroine—cut! 

Too see my full selection of books this week for girls, visit my blog at www.onegreatbook.com 

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