Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins

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When her father loses his job and leaves India to look for work in America, Asha Gupta, her older sister, Reet, and their mother must wait with Baba’s brother and his family, as well as their grandmother, in Calcutta. Uncle is welcoming, but in a country steeped in tradition, the three women must abide by his decisions. Asha knows this is temporary—just until Baba sends for them. But with scant savings and time passing, the tension builds: Ma, prone to spells of sadness, finds it hard to submit to her mother- and sister-in-law; Reet’s beauty attracts unwanted marriage proposals; and Asha's promise to take care of Ma and Reet leads to impulsive behavior. What follows is a firestorm of rebuke—and secrets revealed! Asha’s only solace is her rooftop hideaway, where she pours her heart out in her diary, and where she begins a clandestine friendship with Jay Sen, the boy next door. Asha can hardly believe that she, and not Reet, is the object of Jay’s attention. Then news arrives about Baba . . . and Asha must make a choice that will change their lives forever.


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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 24, 2008 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 242 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(Secret Keeper) 1974, and Jay, a young painter next door, know her true feelings when an unexpected tragedy strikes, leaving her at the mercy of a strapped uncle, her mother’s depression and rigid gender expectations.

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Teen Reads

Asha learns that Jay is an artist, and he wants to paint Asha.

Oct 18 2011 | Read Full Review of Secret Keeper

Common Sense Media

While Asha, her sister Reet, and their mother wait for news from America, they must live with relatives in Calcutta, unable to leave the house unattended or pursue their studies.

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Youth Services Book Review

In 1970′s India, sisters Asha and Reet worry as their father struggles in the faltering job market.

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