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ISBN13: 9780440238409
ISBN10: 0440238404
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Jasmine “Jazz” Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mothers doing: Mrs. Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she was young. But going to India isnt Jazzs idea of a great summer vacation. She wants no part of her mothers do-gooder endeavors.

Whats more, Jazz is heartsick. Shes leaving the business she and her best friend, Steve Morales, started—as well as Steve himself. Jazz is crazy in love with the guy. If only he knew!

Only when Jazz reluctantly befriends Danita, a girl who cooks for her family, and who 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, even to Steve. As India claims Jazz, the monsoon works its madness and its magic.

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About the Author

Mitali Perkins previously wrote The Sunati Experiment, an ALA Recommended Book for Reluctant Readers and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. She lives in Newton, MA.

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Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com, August 24, 2010 (view all comments by Courtesy of Mother Daughter Book Club com)
When fifteen-year-old Jazz Gardner discovers she’s going to spend the summer in India with her family she is not happy about it at all. She has a thriving business in San Francisco with her best friend Steve, and she can’t imagine leaving either one for three months. She’s certain one of the other girls from school will make a move while she’s gone and claim Steve’s heart before she even tells him how much he means to her.

When she arrives in the town where her mother was born and adopted from the orphanage, she’s determined not to get involved in helping out in any way. All she wants to do is pass the time while she counts the days until she goes home. But her encounters with the people, and a little bit of monsoon madness, just may convince her she’s got something to contribute after all.

Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins is a great book for mother-daughter book clubs. Jazz is an independent girl whose parents are very much involved in her life. She constantly compares herself to her mother, and often feels she’s lacking. This book can generate great discussions on finding and believing in your own strengths, working to help others, trusting people and having the courage to say what you’re feeling. Perkins has an excellent mother-daughter book club discussion guide at her website, http://www.mitaliperkins.com. Here’s just one of the questions that may provoke great discussion:

“What's the most risky thing you've tried when it comes to helping someone else? Did it work?” I highly recommend Monsoon Summer for book clubs with girls aged 10 and up.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780440238409
Author:
Perkins, Mitali
Publisher:
Laurel Leaf
Subject:
Friendship
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Family life
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Subject:
India
Subject:
Situations / General
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20060411
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
6.92x4.24x.77 in. .29 lbs.
Age Level:
12-17

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