This first book in the series introduces readers to a curious Indian-American girl who thrives on making lists and loves numbers. Here’s what to expect from Peachtree Publishing:


Nina tried as hard as she could, but still somehow she forgot about her school project. Fortunately, a class lesson about Alexander Fleming suggests how she might make a great discovery―and thus a great project! But with little sister Kavita’s birthday party right around the corner, and her longtime friendship with Jay on the rocks, Nina has a lot to keep track of.

Published: October, 2019

Pages: 152

The short length and straightforward plot makes for a quick read, especially for those  young readers new to the world of middle grade books. There are touches of science throughout, and a challenge many kids are familiar with—a younger sibling who likes doing things her way.

You’ll become familiar with Indian cuisine (It sure sounded delicious! I’m open for dinner invites) and Hindi Phrases. Nina is an endearing character who enjoys learning. Her unfortunate break-up with best friend Jay comes early in the story, and it’s not until the end that you find out if they reignite their friendship.

The other concern facing Nina is her father. He travels during the week so she only gets to see him on weekends. Another reality for many middle graders.

Geared toward ages 7-10, if you have a child emerging out of  chapter books or need a charming contemporary tale for an established reader, look no further.




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  1. Andrea Mack says:

    This sounds like it has all the issues kids can relate to!

  2. Many youth will identify with Nina’s story. I am fond of books that feature Indian cultural traditions — especially food and festivals. Also sounds like a good transitional book.

  3. Some things are universal, and it is great for kids to realize the problems they face are common no matter what one’s cultural background it. I will look for this one. It sounds great. Thanks for the review.

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