When a scraggly, wide-eyed kitten comes meowing at her
doorstep, Rana knows she's in for trouble. Rana's family has just moved
into a new house, her parents are about to take a week's vacation, and
her grandparents are coming all the way from India to stay at their
house for a week--they'll have no time to care for a new pet.
Especially one whose paws are everywhere they're not wanted, such as in
her sister Tara's fishbowl and her grandmother's dinner.
But the kitty looks as lonely as Rana feels in her new
school, and both of them could use a friend. Can't her family make room
for just one more?
Holiday House, Inc.,
understands the problems and concerns of middle-grade children, and her
situations and upbeat solutions ring true. Young readers will enjoy the
humor, especially the image of a sari-clad Grandma packing a water
pistol to keep Rana's kitten in line. A secondary theme, involving
Rana's feelings about being biracial, is also well handled, and Nagda
wisely keeps it from dominating the story. A solid choice for beginning
chapter-book readers or as a primary-grade read-aloud."
way a stray animal is able to help the main character work through
problems is reminiscent of Kate DiCamillo's Because of Winn-Dixie
(Candlewick, 2000), but this story is lighter, simpler, and for a
slightly younger audience. The references to Indian culture are
seamlessly worked into the plot."
--School Library Journal
has written a rare story of depth for second and third graders. All
in all, it's a first-rate selection for new chapter book readers and a
good read-aloud, as well."
Awards and Honors
Best Book of the Year, 2004
Land of Enchantment Book Award Nominee, 2005
Choice Award Nominee, 2006
Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award Nominee, 2006
Children's Choice Award Nominee, 2006