Midwest Book Review on “Miss Popular Steals the Show”

Miss Popular Steals the Show

Miss Popular Steals the Show: Girls in Wheelchairs Rule! is a delightful and humorous diary account from “Bix,” a plain Jane from a struggling family trying to outdo and steal the third-grade classroom stage from Valerie, whose mother is a famous author. Miss Popular may be a wheelchair-user, but she knows how to charm the classroom, and her pink bejeweled wheelchair rules. In a pique of frustration, Bix resorts to lies to steal the limelight from Miss Popular. She also announces that she will be having a puppy shower, and everyone except Miss Popular is invited. Can Bix pull it off?

Young readers ages 8-10 will Learn the importance of honesty; Discover that being loved and being popular are not the same thing; Find out how even a small act of kindness pays big dividends; Learn how to rise above circumstances to be a better person. While especially recommended for school and community library collections, it should be noted for personal reading lists that “Miss Popular Steals the Show: Girls in Wheelchairs Rule!” is also available in a paperback edition (9781615992362, $14.95) and in a digital book format (Kindle, $4.20).

Swati's Marriage and Other Tales of India

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In India, the life of women has never been easy by any stretch of the imagination. Swati's Marriage and Other Tales of India brings their eternal struggles to a new audience by engaging the subject head-on through the eyes of young women in the 21st century. Western audiences may have assumed that such considerations as dowries, arranged marriage, and abuse of spouses, servants, and the elderly would be tempered in the age of social media.

Instead, Ankita Sharma's characters confront these issues as they persevere in their quest for love, independence, and fulfillment in the face of centuries of social mores, traditions, and institutionalized repression. Sometimes, all they can do is put on a smile for their armor and retreat to fight another day, their only comfort being hope that their children will have it better than they did.

Here is the human condition expressed on every page--the desperate longing for meaning, for acceptance, for love and understanding that we all seek, that we all despair we may not find, that brings us together into a shared experience at the very same moment that it separates us.

"Fans of Masterpiece's Indian Summer and the stories of Ruskin Bond will welcome this female perspective on modern-day Indian life. These short stories are full of epiphanies and restrictions that remind one of James Joyce and Katherine Mansfield's work and show how little the human experience changes, despite cultural differences."
-- Tyler R. Tichelaar, Ph.D. and award-winning author of Narrow Lives and The Best Place

From the World Voices Series
Modern History Press
www.ModernHistoryPress.com


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