Aruna, an 11-year-old Indian-American girl, reluctantly visits
India and in the process discovers more about who she is. Her
feminist aunt in India helps her keep true to her own identity.
Ask Me No Questions
Marina Tamar Budhos
After 9/11, fourteen-year-old Nadira and eighteen-year-old Aisha
live in fear. When their father is arrested and detained at
the Canadian border, Nadira and Aisha are sent back to Queens,
and told to carry on, as if everything is the same.
Beneath My Mother's Feet
When her father is injured, fourteen-year-old Nazia is pulled away from school, her friends, and her preparations for an arranged marriage, to help her mother clean houses in a wealthy part of Karachi, Pakistan, where she finally rebels against the destiny that is planned for her.
Three Indian-British sisters team up to marry off their traditional,
nosy aunt and get her out of the house.
Sheth unearths the meaning of "home" and "family" in this
tender debut novel based on her own experiences as a teenager
who moved by herself from India to America.
The Indian-British Dhillon sisters open their home to a down-on-her-luck
former movie star from India and employ her talents to raise
money for their school.
Tanuja Desai Hidier
Seventeen-year-old Dimple, whose family is from India, discovers
that she is not Indian enough for the Indians and not American
enough for the Americans, as she sees her hypnotically beautiful,
manipulative best friend taking possession of both her heritage
and the boy she likes.
Child of Dandelions
In Uganda in 1972, fifteen-year-old Sabine and her family, wealthy citizens of Indian descent, try to preserve their normal life during the ninety days allowed by President Idi Amin for all foreign Indians to leave the country.
Climbing the Stairs
In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.
The Conch Bearer
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
In India, a healer invites twelve-year-old Anand to join him
on a quest to return a magical conch to its safe and rightful
home, high in the Himalayan mountains.
Dahling, if You LUV Me, Would You Please, Please Smile
Zainab, a young North American Muslim, has many difficulties
making friends at school. When one of her teachers offers
to let her direct the upcoming school play, Zainab's desire
to fit in leads her to cast the school's most popular boy,
Kevin, despite another student's incredible audition.
First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover
During her father's presidential campaign, sixteen-year-old
Sameera Righton, who was adopted from Pakistan at the age
of three, struggles with campaign staffers who want to give
her a more "all-American" image and create a fake
weblog in her name.
First Daughter: White House Rules
Once sixteen-year-old Sameera Righton's father is elected president of the United States, the adopted Pakistani-American girl moves into the White House and makes some decisions about how she is going to live her life in the spotlight.
Gay-Neck: The Story of a Pigeon
Dhan Gopal Mukerji, illustrated by Boris Artzybasheff
The story of the training of a carrier pigeon and his experiences
as an allied messenger in World War I.
Group of One
Learning from her grandmother that her family was active in
the Quit India movement of 1942, a rebellion against nearly
two centuries of British occupation, gives fifteen-year-old
Tara new pride in her heritage, but she still objects when
her teacher implies she is not a "regular Canadian."
Suzanne Fisher Staples
Having relented to the ways of her people in Pakistan and
married the rich older man to whom she was pledged against
her will, Shabanu is now the victim of his family's blood
feud and the malice of his other wives. Sequel to "Shabanu,
Daughter of the Wind."
When thirteen-year-old Koly enters into an ill-fated arranged
marriage, she must either suffer a destiny dictated by India's
tradition or find the courage to oppose it.
How to Salsa in a Sari
When Indo-African Issa Mazumder's single mother decides to re-marry,Issa is horrified by her choice: the father Cat Morena, Issa's worst enemy. Very quickly, Issa learns that if she's ever going to fit into her glamourous new life, she'd better learn to salsa in a sari.
Fifteen-year-old Indira Konkipuddi aspires to be a fashion
journalist, learning some hard lessons about racism and nepotism
along the way.
The Iron Ring
Driven by his sense of "dharma," or honor, young King Tamar
sets off on a perilous journey, with a significance greater
than he can imagine, during which he meets talking animals,
villainous and noble kings, demons, and the love of his life.
Jahanara: Princess of Princesses
Beginning in 1627, Princess Jahanara, first daughter of Shah
Jahan of India's Mogul Dynasty, writes in her diary about
political intrigues, weddings, battles, and other experiences
of her life.
While an English class of 7B students at Wentworth High in
Australia struggle with a six-week essay assignment answering,
"Who am I?," one child's great-grandmother arrives unexpectedly
from India to follow her dream.
In India in the 1940s, thirteen-year-old Leela's happy, spoiled
childhood ends when her husband since age nine, whom she barely
knows, dies, leaving her a widow whose only hope of happiness
could come from Mahatma Ghandi's social and political reforms.
Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
Jeeta knows that tradition demands the parade of suitors,
the marriage negotiations, the elaborate displays, the expensive
wedding parties – but where is the love and romance that the
movies promise? A coming-of-age novel set in contemporary
Looking for Bapu
When Bapu dies, Anu is devastated. But when he is visited
by Bapu's ghost, he knows that there must be a way to bring
him back to life--he's just not sure how.
Lowji Discovers America
A novella about a spunky, funny boy from India who adjusts
to his new life in suburban America.
Born in India, Maya Mukherjee, is growing up in 1970s Canada.
When her cousin comes from India for a visit, bringing a statue
of the god Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles, Maya asks Ganesh
to remove all obstacles to her dreams. Like most wishes, it
backfires in hilarious and painful ways.
Meow Means Mischief
Ann Whitehead Nagda, Illustrated by Stephanie Roth
A stray kitten turns out to be the perfect way to help Rana
make friends in her new school and to feel more comfortable
with her grandparents, who are visiting from India while her
parents are away.
The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming: Book II of the Brotherhood
of the Conch
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A sequel to Divakaruni's previous novel for children, The
Conch Bearer, this novel takes Anand on an adventure across
contemporary India and several hundred years into the past,
to the time of the Moghul ruler, where he encounters good
Secretly in love with her best friend and business partner
Steve, fifteen-year-old Jazz must spend the summer away from
him when her family goes to India during that country's rainy
season to help set up a clinic.
When Maya accompanies her mother to India to sell her grandfather's
house, she uncovers family history relating to her parents
divorce and learns more about herself and her relationship
with her mother.
Neela: Victory Song
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Illustrated by Troy Howell
In 1939, twelve-year-old Neela meets a young freedom fighter
at her sister's wedding and soon after must rely on his help
when her father fails to return home from a march in Calcutta
against British occupation.
The Not-So Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen
When her grandparents come for a visit from India to California,
thirteen-year-old Sunita finds herself resenting her Indian
heritage and embarrassed by the differences she feels between
herself and her friends.
Uprooted from his home in India by a tragedy, Ganesh begins
a new life in the Midwest where his experiences with Hinduism,
Yoga, and mantras are considered alien.
Premlata and the Festival of Lights
Rumer Godden, Illustrated by Ian P. Andrew
In Bengal, India, Premlata's family is too poor to celebrate
the Festival of Lights until fate and an elephant step in.
Rani and the Fashion Divas (Star Sisterz Sisters #4)
The fourth title in a new series of adventures that follows
a group of friends who receive mysterious messages as they
grow in confidence.
by Mitali Perkins, Illustrated by Jamie Hogan
is a talented painter of traditional alpana patterns, which
Bangladeshi women and girls paint on their houses for special
celebrations. But Naima is not satisfied just painting alpana.
She wants to help earn money for her family, like her best
friend, Saleem, does for his family. When Naima's rash effort
to help puts her family deeper in debt, she draws on her resourceful
nature and her talents to bravely save the day.
Roller Birds of Rampur
An Indian teenager raised in England returns to India to find
In 1974 when her father leaves New Delhi, India, to seek a job in New York, Asha, a tomboy at the advanced age of sixteen, feels thwarted in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must stay.
Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Suzanne Fisher Staples
When eleven-year old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the
Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage
to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family,
she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or
risk the consequences of defying her father's wishes.
Shadowland: Book III of the Brotherhood of the Conch
Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
A search to find the magical conch shell and restore it to its proper home deep in the Himalayas sends Anand and Nisha to the bleak futuristic city of Coal, where the air and water are polluted and the upper classes live in luxury under hermetically sealed domes.
Mary Louise L. Clifford
In Pakistan, fifteen-year-olds Mumtaz and Rashid become involved
in political intrigue and drug trafficking when their efforts
to stop a man who is spying on Mumtaz's powerful father cost
Rashid his job and home.
Shine, Coconut Moon
In the days and weeks following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, Samar, who is of Punjabi heritage but has been raised with no knowledge of her past by her single mother, wants to learn about her family's history and to get in touch with the grandparents her mother shuns.
Suzanne Fisher Staples
In India, a talented dancer sacrifices friends and family
for her art.
Nina Khan is not just the only Asian or Muslim student in her small-town high school in upstate New York, she is also faces the legacy of her "Supernerd" older sister, body hair, and the pain of having a crush when her parents forbid her to date.
Sold into prostitution, Lakshmi lives a nightmare and gradually
forms friendships with the other girls that enable her to
survive in this terrifying new world. Then the day comes when
she must make a decision to risk everything for a chance to
reclaim her life.
When her East Indian family is displaced from its home in
Uganda by the repressive Idi Amin regime, and resettles in
London, the eldest daughter Sumitra is torn between two cultures.
Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Fourteen-year-old Amrith is caught up in the life of the well-to-do
household in which he is being raised by in Sri Lanka. Then,
his cousin arrives from Canada and Amrith finds himself falling
in love with the Canadian boy.
Tell Us We're Home
Three immigrant girls from different parts of the world meet and become close friends in a small New Jersey town where their mothers have found domestic work, but their relationships are tested when one girl’s mother is accused of stealing a precious heirloom.
Tusk and Stone
After a criminal gang attacks his caravan and he loses his
identity as a Brahmin, Arjun resigns himself to his new life
as a soldier, becomes an elephant driver, and searches for
his kidnapped sister.
The Valiant Chatti-Maker
When he inadvertently captures the tiger that has been terrorizing
the neighborhood, a poor potter not only gains fame and fortune
but the unwanted honor of leading the Raja's army against
an invading enemy.
Jameela and her family live in a poor, war-torn village in Afghanistan. Even with her cleft lip and lack of educational opportunities, Jameela feels relatively secure, sustained by her Muslim faith and the love of her mother, Mor. But when Mor dies, Jameela’s father impulsively decides to start a new life in Kabul.
Young Uncle Comes to Town
Vandana Singh, Illustrated by B.M. Kamath
In a small town in northern India, three siblings await their
father's youngest brother, Younguncle. From feeding a tiger
spinach-paneer to charming an angry tree ghost, Younguncle's
adventures are humorous and unusual.