Red, White, and Whole

Written by Rajani LaRocca

What a beautiful story of trying to find your place in the world. Caught between her desire to be a part of the “American” world in which she spends her school days and the Indian world of her immigrant parents and their friends, Reha finds herself in the tough position of being her parents only hope for all of their American dreams. She finds that she can have friends in both worlds as she and her classmate build a friendship and define heroism. When her mother becomes ill, Reha must depend on all of her friends in both worlds and discovers that she can be the hero she has been writing about.

This is a great story for the children of immigrants who find themselves caught between old and new lives. It is written in verse, but flows so naturally that the verse is soon forgotten. Although it is fiction, it is autobiographical in nature as it is written by an Indian immigrant.

Reviewed by Marianna H Allred, Media Clerk, Robert Frost Elementary
Review shared in April 2021
Rating: ★★★★★ (5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

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Red, White, and Whole
Written by Rajani LaRocca
Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
217 pages
Release Date: February 2, 2021
ISBN: 9780063047426
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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