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Maya Mukherjee doesn't fit in. She was born in India and her parents moved to Canada when she was a baby. Now it's the 1970s, and she's a middle schooler in Manitoba, land of moose and snow. She wants to run on the tundra beneath the Northern Lights, make igloos or snow-angels, see John Travolta, and ride elephants through the Bengal jungle the way her great-grandfather did. Then her gorgeous cousin Pinky comes from India for a visit, bringing a statue of the god Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles. Maya asks Ganesh to remove all obstacles to her dreams. Like most wishes, it backfires in hilarious and painful ways. Maya must journey across continents to restore the truth and find out who she is.

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"Thirteen-year-old Maya is caught between the white, racist world of 1970s Manitoba and her Indian family and traditions. 'I am Nowhere Girl in my Nowhere Land' she says, echoing the Beatles song. Nevertheless, she does have friends, dreams of being a writer and even captures the attentions of local bad boy Jamie. But when her cousin Pinky arrives, stunning in her saris and even more so in borrowed Levis, she steals everyone's admiration, including Jamie's. Maya pleads to a statue of the Indian God, Ganesh, who helps her by 'remov[ing] obstacles,... removing illusions' and plunging her into a world where she becomes the beauty and the center of everyone's affections. This jarring move into the fantasy realm doesn't really work, but it does pick up the pace; Maya journeys to India where readers become privy to the very different sights, sounds and smells of trains, homes and bazaars. In a fairly predictable ending, Maya realizes her self-centeredness and, as Ganesh predicts, 'sees the truth' of her life: that she can embrace the uniqueness of her double identity and carve out her own path as an aspiring writer. An often touching debut novel that should appeal to readers who have ever felt torn between two cultures. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Likeable characters, broad humor, and a mild love story guarantee appeal to middle schoolers." VOYA

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"[A] wonderful story that could be about any young person trying to figure out who he or she is; and how an adolescent can emerge from a nurturing family, part of that family, but also an individual." KLIATT

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"[H]old on for the ride and...enjoy Maya's humorous voice and her familiar situation of being different." Kikrus Reviews

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"Banerjee does a fine job of describing Maya's life and the people who inhabit it....It's the universal longings for love and acceptance, particularized in Maya's experiences, that makes the better story." Booklist

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"Details of the cultures and everyday life of both India and Canada are integrated seamlessly and readers will see themselves in the realistic characters." School Library Journal

Synopsis:

Born in India, Maya Mukherje, is growing up in 1970s Canada. When her cousin comes from India for a visit, bringing a statue of the god Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles, Maya asks Ganesh to remove all obstacles to her dreams. Like most wishes, it backfires in hilarious and painful ways.

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Anjali Banerjee lives in Port Orchard, WA.

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meriwetherfalk, March 23, 2007 (view all comments by meriwetherfalk)
Maya Running is the story of a 12-year-old girl of Indian descent who stands out at her all white middle school. While reading this young adult novel, I could feel her frustration caused by the lack of interest her classmates feel in trying to understand her culture. Maya's friends, without consideration of her feelings, make fun of her ethnic food, cultural traditions and confuse Indians with Native Americans. One bully at her school even calls Maya the N word.
Maya's life becaomes even more complicated when her beautiful cousin Pinky (nicknamed Princess Pinky by Maya) comes to Manitoba, Canada from India, attends Maya's school and captures the interest of the boy Maya likes.
Pinky is indifferent about Canadian culture and repeatedly confuses Canada with America. This annoys Maya as much as the mistakes her classmates make about India.
Pinky's visit causes a shift in the novel. Maya goes from feeling torn between two countries to embracing Indian culture more than ever. She reverts to a kind of fantasy world, where Ganesh, the Hindu God with the head of an elephant is her guide. She becomes fascinated with Ganesh after Pinky describes him as being, "the remover of all obstacles."
Maya has many obstacles in the way of her happiness, one of them being Pinky.
Maya Running is great for laughs and deals with some sensitive topics as well. Readers will adore Maya's character and will be grateful for the ride through her imagination with Ganesh.
I love this book because of the author's imaginative touch and her lively, likeable characters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780385746564
Author:
Banerjee, Anjali
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Social Situations - General
Subject:
Identity
Subject:
Cousins
Subject:
Social Issues - General
Publication Date:
February 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
209
Dimensions:
8.70x6.26x.84 in. .79 lbs.
Age Level:
12-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Thirteen-year-old Maya is caught between the white, racist world of 1970s Manitoba and her Indian family and traditions. 'I am Nowhere Girl in my Nowhere Land' she says, echoing the Beatles song. Nevertheless, she does have friends, dreams of being a writer and even captures the attentions of local bad boy Jamie. But when her cousin Pinky arrives, stunning in her saris and even more so in borrowed Levis, she steals everyone's admiration, including Jamie's. Maya pleads to a statue of the Indian God, Ganesh, who helps her by 'remov[ing] obstacles,... removing illusions' and plunging her into a world where she becomes the beauty and the center of everyone's affections. This jarring move into the fantasy realm doesn't really work, but it does pick up the pace; Maya journeys to India where readers become privy to the very different sights, sounds and smells of trains, homes and bazaars. In a fairly predictable ending, Maya realizes her self-centeredness and, as Ganesh predicts, 'sees the truth' of her life: that she can embrace the uniqueness of her double identity and carve out her own path as an aspiring writer. An often touching debut novel that should appeal to readers who have ever felt torn between two cultures. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Likeable characters, broad humor, and a mild love story guarantee appeal to middle schoolers."
"Review" by , "[A] wonderful story that could be about any young person trying to figure out who he or she is; and how an adolescent can emerge from a nurturing family, part of that family, but also an individual."
"Review" by , "[H]old on for the ride and...enjoy Maya's humorous voice and her familiar situation of being different."
"Review" by , "Banerjee does a fine job of describing Maya's life and the people who inhabit it....It's the universal longings for love and acceptance, particularized in Maya's experiences, that makes the better story."
"Review" by , "Details of the cultures and everyday life of both India and Canada are integrated seamlessly and readers will see themselves in the realistic characters."
"Synopsis" by , Born in India, Maya Mukherje, is growing up in 1970s Canada. When her cousin comes from India for a visit, bringing a statue of the god Ganesh, the Remover of Obstacles, Maya asks Ganesh to remove all obstacles to her dreams. Like most wishes, it backfires in hilarious and painful ways.
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