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Monsoon Summer

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· eBook · December 18, 2007 · $4.99 · 978-0-307-43357-2 (0-307-43357-9)

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From National Book Award Finalist, Mitali Perkins, comes a story about the magic of India’s monsoon season—“monsoon madness”—and all the change it brings to a teenage girl and her family.
Jasmine “Jazz” Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mother’s doing: Mrs. Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she was young. But going to India isn’t Jazz’s idea of a great summer vacation. She wants no part of her mother’s do-gooder endeavors.
What’s more, Jazz is heartsick. She’s leaving the business she and her best friend, Steve Morales, started—as well as Steve himself. Jazz is crazy in love with the guy.
Only when Jazz befriends Danita, a girl from the orphanage who cooks for her family and faces a tough dilemma, does Jazz begin to see how she can make a difference—to her own family, to Danita, to the children at the orphanage, and even to Steve.
As India claims Jazz, the monsoon works its madness and magic.

“(A) heartfelt story. Besides having educational merit in conveying India's culture, Perkins' novel sensitively traces an American girl's emotional growth.”—Publisher's Weekly
“(Perkins) enlightens readers not familiar with the richness of Indian culture. In Bollywood fashion, she turns turmoil into happy endings.”—Kirkus Reviews
“This debut novel … vividly evokes the smells, sights, and sounds of India in the monsoon season. Perkins folds interesting questions about caste discrimination, charity, and the challenges of growing up with a heroic parent into her warm, romantic story, which shows how the deepest private discoveries often come from very public risks.”—Booklist 
“This realistic and romantic novel unobtrusively incorporates details of Indian life and culture.”—School Library Journal