The Best at It

Maulik Pancholy. Harper/Balzer + Bray, $16.99 (336p) ISBN 978-0-06-286641-7
Actor and debut author Pancholy draws from his own experiences as a young Indian American to create this funny, uplifting story about identity. Twelve-year-old Rahul Kapoor lives in Indiana with his parents, his younger brother, and Bhai, his grandfather, who uses a wheelchair and “has a Mr. Rogers–worthy supply of cardigans.” When an obnoxious kid at school taunts Rahul for his inadequacies and questions his sexuality, Rahul decides he must prove to himself, and the world, that he is the best at something. With help from his steadfast friend, Chelsea, and the wisdom and encouragement of Bhai, Rahul begins to learn—after some amusing, misguided failures—who he really is and what he’s actually good at doing. Rahul also navigates anxiety and probable OCD, and with wit and sensitivity, Pancholy charts his rocky path to pride in his layered identity. Rahul finds unconditional acceptance with his family and friends, which sends a powerful, positive message to young readers about choosing self-acceptance. Ages 8–12. (Oct.)
Reviewed on : 08/22/2019
Release date: 10/08/2019
Genre: Children's
Ebook - 336 pages - 978-0-06-286643-1
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