Indies Introduce

Middle Grade

  • I Am Kavi, Thushanthi Ponweera
    Holiday House, 9780823453658, September 19, 2023 (Middle Grade)

    “Sometimes our dreams come true in unexpected ways. Kavi wants to make a better life for herself and her mother, and to leave her stepfather behind. When her mother sends her to this ‘better life’ on her own, Kavi decides to reinvent herself with drastic consequences.”

    —Kathy Burnette, Brain Lair Books, South Bend, IN

    “Told in verse, this is a story of a young Sri Lankan girl struggling with her country’s civil war while being educated in a private institution. As she tries to overcome classism and feeling like an outsider among her peers, she also worries about her family stuck in the middle of a war while trying to focus on her academics. Very poignant, a must on any bookshelf!”

    —Gerard Villegas, Auntie’s Bookstore, Spokane, WA

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