Monsoon Summer by Mitali Perkins

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Jasmine “Jazz” Gardner heads off to India during the monsoon season. The family trip is her mother’s doing: Mrs. Gardner wants to volunteer at the orphanage that cared for her when she was young. But going to India isn’t Jazz’s idea of a great summer vacation. She wants no part of her mother’s do-gooder endeavors.

What’s more, Jazz is heartsick. She’s leaving the business she and her best friend, Steve Morales, started—as well as Steve himself. Jazz is crazy in love with the guy. If only he knew!

Only when Jazz reluctantly befriends Danita, a girl who cooks for her family, and who faces a tough dilemma, does Jazz begin to see how she can make a difference—to her own family, to Danita, to the children at the orphanage, even to Steve. As India claims Jazz, the monsoon works its madness and its magic.

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About Mitali Perkins

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Mitali Perkins has written articles for numerous magazines and has worked as a teacher and visiting professor. Her first middle grade novel The Sunita Experiment was originally published by Little, Brown in 1993 and was featured in the New York Times. Her YA novel Monsoon Summer was published in August 2004 (Random House).
Published December 18, 2007 by Laurel Leaf. 274 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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With an athletic build, Jasmine “Jazz” Gardner barely resembles her petite, delicate Indian mother.

Aug 10 2004 | Read Full Review of Monsoon Summer

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When Danita is offered a marriage proposal from an older man who promises to take care of her and her sisters, Jazz puts her heart into the business so that Danita won't have to marry him.

Dec 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Monsoon Summer

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