The Book That Made Me: Philip Reeve 16/10/19
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Mira Levenson is thrilled about travelling to India to meet her grandfather's family for the first time. But when she lands in Kolkata, Mira finds herself thrown into a strange and confusing new world of sweltering heat, beauty and chaos. What's more, although she feels immediately at home with her aunt Anjali and cousin Priya, she quickly becomes aware of the presence of deeply buried secrets beneath the warm welcome her Indian family give her. Mira sets out to discover why her mother and Anjali haven't spoken for so many years - and what could have happened to drive them apart.
The answers seem to lie in a stolen letter album, and the old tumbledown family home on Doctors Lane that she is forbidden to visit. But as well as trying to unravel the truth about her family, Mira must work out how to deal with her powerful attraction to her new friend and fellow artist Janu.
Following from Brahmachari's debut novel, Artichoke Hearts, this a thoughtful, tender and uplifting novel, which continues the story of Mira, now two years older, as she negotiates challenging new experiences, the complexities of family and friendship, and the uncertainty of teenage love.