Meet Sunita Sen. She likes schoolwork, loves tennis, and has a soft spot for a certain Ingrid Bergman movie called Casablanca. Plus, Michael Morrison, her school's All-American tennis star, has been coming over all summer to play ping pong, and their friendship is starting to blossom into something more! Like any eighth grade girl, Sunita just wants to be normal and is starting to feel this way--until her grandparents come from India to stay with her family in California. Suddenly Sunita--also known as Bontu at home--has to eat curry instead of pizza for dinner and notices that her mom dresses in saris instead of jeans. Even worse, she can't have Michael over anymore! Sunita wants to embrace her Indian heritage, but can she, and still fit in?
Little, Brown originally published The Sunita Experiment in 1993, and it was then declared O/P in 1998. With the popularity of Indian culture on the rise, we decided to reissue this book with a new title, cover treatment, and content (readers guide included).
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).