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Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

by Varsha Bajaj

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Adult Reader Reaction: Abby is a girl with whom many single-parent children and every adopted child can relate. She has an authentic voice that asks the questions that are part of their mindset. The diverse set of characters (life roles, not just ethnicity) was a big plus for me. Abby will likely open eyes of readers who are not part of multicultural families.

Pros: Abby brings readers into her journey of self discovery with an authentic voice and humor. She is an ambassador of the joys that come from being open to new ideas, new places, and everyone around you.

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  TheReadingTub | Feb 28, 2015 |
For thirteen years Abby Spencer has lived in Houston, Texas with her mother and her grandparents. She’s been waiting until her mother thinks she’s “old enough” to have “the Conversation” about who her father is. Then an allergic reaction at the frozen yogurt shop makes the time now. Her father, a student from India, was her mother’s college boyfriend. They’ve been out of touch for Abby’s whole life. When Abby’s mother makes contact to get medical information about allergies they discover that her dad is one of the most popular film stars in India! The next thing she knows, Abby is on a transcontinental flight to Mumbai to meet her father, an extremely famous Bollywood “rhymes with Tex-Mex” symbol! Oh My Goodness!! ( )
  MaowangVater | Oct 25, 2014 |
(118) In one of my area's suburban communities, one of my school library colleagues laments that there are so few books about middle-class Indian kids. This book delivers with a familiar (but no less enjoyable) trope: the discovery of an unknown father who turns out to be a movie star ... but the twist is that he's a Bollywood movie star, and Abby is soon on an around-the-world journey to meet him, her grandmother, and his celebrity lifestyle. This novel delivers for the innocent tween/teen looking for books about discovery of oneself and the sweetness of first (and sex-free) romance. Highly recommended. ( )
  activelearning | Nov 23, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0807563633, Hardcover)

What thirteen-year-old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star--in Bollywood! Now she's traveling to Mumbai to get to know her famous father. Abby is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India's most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where she really belongs.

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What thirteen year old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star, in Bollywood! Now she's traveling to Mumbai to get to know her famous father. Abby is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India's most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where she really belongs.… (more)

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