Sunita's Secret

Publisher: Random House

Review

Sunita's perfect world collapses when her father is accused of stealing money from his clients, and he disappears. As the family are forced to sell almost everything they own and move away, Sunita hopes to make a fresh start at Coppergate School, but her secret is quickly revealed and she is victimised.

As a coping strategy, Sunita begins to do 'secret good deeds', and eventually restores her own, her friends' and her mother's self-esteem.

Dhami underpins this 'happy ever after' story with a real understanding of family shame and peer-bullying, triggered by physical imperfection and flawed family relationships. Although this series is primarily targeted at a British Asian audience, any Key Stage 2/3 girl will find reassurance in Sunita's story.

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