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by Mitali Perkins

Category: Literature and Fiction
Subcategory: Teenagers
Author: Mitali Perkins
ISBN: 0316699438
ISBN13: 978-0316699433
Language: English
Publisher: Little, Brown Young Readers; Reissue edition (May 3, 1993)
Pages: 192
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Like any other eighth grader, smart and spunky Sunita Sen just wants to fit in. She feels she's doing pretty well, especially .

Like any other eighth grader, smart and spunky Sunita Sen just wants to fit in. She feels she's doing pretty well, especially as her friendship with the school's tennis star starts to blossom into something more. But when Sunita's grandparents come from India to stay with her family, her lifestyle changes, and Sunita suddenly becomes aware of identity issues she's never before faced.

However, for some reason, Mitali Perkins’s novel stirred resistance in me. Although the novel should feel authentic to. .Can Sunita learn how to happily be both Indian and American? The Life of Sunita Sen is what I like to think of as a journey or process novel. Although the novel should feel authentic to me because it has been written by an author who, like her main character, was born in India and grew up in California, Sunita Sen seemed, to me, similar to novels I read as a junior high girl, and resented, about . or 2nd generation children written by European Americans (several generations removed from.

Recently re-released under this new title, this charming coming-of-age tale introduces teenager Sunita Sen, a tennis-playing, pizza-craving, California girl who suddenly becomes self-conscious of her Indian heritage when her grandparents arrive for an extended stay.

Sunita Sen hasn't given her Bengali heritage much thought until her old-fashioned grandparents arrive for a year in the US. Suddenly, Sunni's mother leaves her teaching job and turns in her workout gear for flowing silk sarees; the family's pizza and sushi nights are thrown over fo. Suddenly, Sunni's mother leaves her teaching job and turns in her workout gear for flowing silk sarees; the family's pizza and sushi nights are thrown over for home-cooked samosa and other traditional dishes.

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has been added to your Cart. It is an enjoyable read. Because of the way it introduces the themes, it may prove to be a valuable book for beginning cross-cultural, multi-generational discussions.

Title: Not-so Star-spangled Life of Sunita Sen Author(s): Mitali Perkins ISBN: 0-606-33457-2, 978-0-606-33457-0 . April 2005 : USA Paperback.

April 2005 : USA Paperback.

Mitali Perkins discusses how teachers can use her books in their classrooms. Perkins is the author of Bamboo People, The Secret Keeper, Rickshaw Girl, Monsoon Summer, The Life of Sunita Sen, and First Daughter. Produced by Gifford Productions.

Sunita Sen, finally feeling like she fits in--especially since she has become friends with the school's tennis star--finds herself torn between two worlds when her grandparents come from India to stay with her family, bringing about lifestyle changes and identity issues. Simultaneous.
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Erienan
This teen novel depicts the life of Sunita Sena, a thirteen year-old girl of Indian heritage whose grandparents come from India to visit for the year. The reader witnesses Sunita's transformation from a shy, angry youth to a more mature teenager who celebrates her place in the world.

Feeling different is a common theme in teen literature. Sunita feels at odds with her environment because her carefully scripted assimilation into American culture is rudely interrupted by the arrival of her grandparents. Her mother is suddenly bustling about the kitchen, wearing a sari and reeking of curry. Sunita is embarrassed at her mother's transformation and seeks to hide her own identity from the people she loves dearly. Her relationships with others suffer, but most of all, Sunita's relationship with herself suffers the greatest loss.

Ms. Perkins' well-written prose places the reader right in the midst of a contemporary teen dilemma. Giving the reader the sense that she has lived the story herself, Ms. Perkins handles the topic of multicultural identity with great alacrity. The reader feels compassion towards Sunita as she struggles to gain her personal freedom amidst rumor mills, peer pressure and the aromas of a distant land.

Sunita's relationship to her grandfather remains a constant staple throughout the book. His wisdom, calm and ability to handle conflict with grace will help the young reader find her own way in the maze of adolescence.

I highly recommend The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen. It is very enjoyable read!

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Kirimath
This was a very enjoyable book. Most teenagers -- most people, as a matter of fact -- are embarrassed by their parents. Or are always trying to keep their parents away from their friends because their parents aren't "cool." That is what feels. Her grandparents come all the way from India to visit for a year. The mother, trying to show she hasn't become a crazy westernized american, quits her job for the year of her parents visit. During this time Sunita's mom dresses like a proper indian woman (with sarees and bindis and all of that jazz), as well as constantly cooks in the kitchen. Sunita's mom thinks this is what her parents would be proud of. While this is going on Sunita has her own problems. Her mother told her she could not have boys over while her grandparents stayed over (because in India it would be improper). So Sunita can't invite her crush, Michael, over for the year. But Sunita hadn't told Michael the truth like she should have. Instead she made an excuse. And that excuse made Michael think that Sunita didn't like him anymore. So he stopped talking to her. The book is basically about Sunita finding her balance between being indian and being an american. I can relate to this, though I'm not indian, my religion is. So I am very familiar with the idea of sarees, dhotis and the indian culture. Sunita finds out that though her grandparents aren't as "normal" as her neighbors grandparents, that all her friends really think her grandparents are cool. So Sunita learns to accept, AND LOVE, who she is.
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This teen novel depicts the life of Sunita Sen, a 13 year-old girl of Indian heritage whose grandparents come from India to visit for the year. The reader witnesses Sunita's transformation from a shy, angry youth to a mature teenager. This is a young-adult novel that builds its plot around the theme of feeling different. Ms. Perkins' gives the reader the sense that she has lived the story herself, Ms. Perkins handles the topic of multicultural identity with great alacrity. The reader feels compassion towards Sunita as she struggles to gain her personal freedom amidst rumor mills, peer pressure, and the aromas of a distant land. The story is well written and artfully describes a contemporary teen dilemma. It is an enjoyable read. Because of the way it introduces the themes, it may prove to be a valuable book for beginning cross-cultural, multi-generational discussions.
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