"Jaya, Maria, and Lola are just like the other eighth-grade girls in the wealthy suburb of Meadowbrook, New Jersey. They want to go to the spring dance, they love spending time with their best friends after school, sharing frappés and complaining about the other kids. But there’s one big difference: all three are daughters of maids and nannies. And they go to school with the very same kids whose families their mothers work for." "Budhos explores the evolving friendship with unwavering clarity. The true strength of Budhos’ latest young adult novel lies in her resolute ability to never settle for easy answers or convenient happy endings." –BookDragon Marina Budhos also wrote Ask Me No Questions, a searing portrait of the crisis facing a South Asian family in New Jersey after 911-- as orange alerts and the Patriot Act seize the country. It is a story of two sisters, one of whom must find strength to save her family. Ask Me No Questions was an ALA Notable and winner of the first James Cook Teen Book Award. Marina Budos has also written The Professor of Light, House of Waiting, and a nonfiction book, Remix: Conversations with Immigrant Teenagers. Her short stories, articles, essays, and book reviews have appeared in publications such as The Kenyon Review, Ploughshares, The Literary Review, The Nation, Dissent, Marie Claire, Redbook, Travel & Leisure, Ms., Los Angeles Times, and in numerous anthologies. (NY-Yipz)
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