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Supriya Kelkar

Author of The Many Colors of Harpreet Singh

20 Works 656 Members 47 Reviews

Works by Supriya Kelkar


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And Yet You Shine is told in the second person, addressed to the Kohinoor diamond, which was mined in India around 1526 and frequently stolen throughout history since; even today, it resides in England as part of the crown jewels collection. This unique method of storytelling is an effective way to trace the history of the diamond, as well as the people of its native region. Mixed media illustrations feature cut paper and craft store gems, as well as two brown-skinned characters (one with long hair in a braid, one with short hair). The diamond also functions as a metaphor for indigenous, colonized people themselves, who have survived violence, upheaval, and theft of resources; but "no matter what, / they can't / they won't / they'll never dull / your shine."

Extensive, advanced back matter includes a history of the Kohinoor diamond, a note on alluvial mining, information on colonization, and "How Can You Decolonize?" with suggestions like pronouncing your own and others' names correctly, acknowledging injustices, expanding beauty standards, and questioning whose story is being told and by whom.
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JennyArch | May 15, 2024 |
I loved this book so much! Such a relatable and emotional portrayal. Kelker’s novel is one of the best books I have ever read. I was in awe of Kelker’s seamless empathetic writing, that grips the reader. I believe kids will love this novel because of the empathetic resonance in Lehka's character.
aiudim2 | 9 other reviews | Apr 16, 2024 |
Gr 4–6—Lehka, 11, spends her days navigating the micro- and macroaggressions from her classmates and feeling
like she has to hide who she is as an Indian American kid in suburban Detroit. When a new girl from India joins her
class, Lehka learns more about herself, her culture, and standing up for what's right. Through rich characters and
strong friendships, Kelkar conveys the importance of embracing your true self—a message that will speak to many.
BackstoryBooks | 9 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
Expand your student culture understanding with this read that tells about the Sikh belief's and customs. A wonderful story of a student who has come to a new place and must adapt to a new environment and new people. Great selection for students who have moved and had to adapt as well as others to understand the emotions and feelings behind new classmates they may get. Students learn about colors and shapes along with parts of the Sikh belief and how you should always be you and do what brings you joy!… (more)
kdahl2022 | 6 other reviews | Feb 10, 2024 |



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Alea Marley Illustrator, Cover artist
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