I featured the first book in this series, Nina Soni, Former Best Friend, last October. Nina is an Indian-American girl who lives with her parents and little sister. It’s a charming set of stories filled with Indian customs and food. But the real emphasis is on Nina as she struggles with the same problems many kids face.
Nina Soni, Sister Fixer focuses on how to deal with an irritating sibling. Nina’s younger sister, Kavita, is beyond embarrassing. Her made up songs and unstoppable do anything behavior has gone too far. Nina sets out to fix her sister before they join a neighbor family on an overnight trip. Kavita’s weirdness must be stopped.
Nina loves to make lists to keep her thoughts organized. One thought is to have her sister help build a dam by the storm drain out front. It might keep her mind on doing something other than singing. All does not go well.
Perfect for readers in third to fifth grade, the 128 pages are a fast read with illustrations to break up the text. There’s also one boy character, Jay, who is Nina’s best friend. Told from Nina’s point of view, her actions are spot on for someone this age. It was a nice wrap up when the reveal came as to how she resolved her sister problem. The story will bring a smile to your face and is a good introduction to middle grade books.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR
Kashmira Sheth was born in India and came to the US when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. She is the author of several picture books, middle grade, and young adult novels. She lives in Wisconsin. You can visit her website here.
Jenn Kocsmierksy is a watercolor artist and picture book illustrator. She was adopted from Seoul, South Korea and grew up in rural New Hampshire. Now, as a mom and artist, Jenn hopes to promote relatable childhood experiences featuring diverse characters. She was the recipient of the 2018 We Need Diverse Books Mentorship for Illustration and the 2016–2017 Walter Dean Meyers Grant. She lives in New York with her two children and a ginormous goldfish named Joey. You can visit her website here.
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I haven’t read this series and it sounds like something I would enjoy. I love reading anything that introduces Indian customs and traditions to readers. We adopted a son many years ago from India and I am fascinated with how children make the transition. Nina sounds like she may be second generation, which comes with many other issues. Thanks for reminding me about this series.
I am always interested in reading about other cultures, and have a fondness for India, having become engaged to my wife while traveling there in 1989. I’ll look for this series.
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