Sona Sharma: A Friend Indeed by Chitra Soundar, illustrated by Jen Khatun

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The Blurb

When Miss Rao announces that there’s going to be an election for Class Leader, Sona is excited to stand as a candidate – until she finds herself competing against her best friends, Joy and Renu.
When the three girls fall out, Sona must decide what matters most – winning the election or proving herself to be a true friend indeed. With the support of her wise family, perhaps Sona can learn that there is often more than one way to be a winner.

The Review

It was a delight to be back in Chennai with Sona and her extended family in her third outing.

This time, we see Sona struggle with her two best friends as election fever grips them. Sona needs to step back and look at why her friends have fallen out with her, and whether she wants to be class leader for the right reasons. I love that she learns from a traditional tale, and is seen recreating it in different ways throughout the story.

Once again, Chitra transports us to India with a veritable feast within the pages and allows us to learn about and experience the Hindu ceremony of Ayush Homam. We are surrounded by the wisdom of her family, and it was lovely see that she is still trying her very hardest to be the very best big sister she can.

Perfect for young readers looking for short chapter books.

Huge thanks to Walker Books for sending me a copy.


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