Our November book selection for the Girls Leadership Parent & Daughter Book Club is:
Rickshaw Girl by Mitali Perkins!
About the Book
& the Girls Leadership Connection
Naima wishes she had been born a boy. If she were a boy, she could drive a rickshaw and earn money for her family. Her father could rest, and her parents wouldn’t have to worry so much about money.
When Naima embarks on a plan to make money, she just makes a mess. But Naima doesn’t give up. She thinks of another way to make money. It’s going to take all her courage, and every ounce of her talent, but she’s just the right girl for the job.
Naima shows persistence and creative problem solving. She moves on from her mistakes, and tries to make amends. She learns to be herself, rather than wishing she was someone else.
Parents, please be aware of your child’s independent reading level. This book will be above the level of some 2nd and 3rd graders. If that’s the case, you can read this book out loud to your daughter. (Even if your child is able to read it on her own, you might wish to read it together – it’s really fun, and it teaches your child so much about growing ideas while reading.)
We’ll send everyone who has signed up for Book Club a Meeting Guide and Discussion Questions just before November. Not signed up yet?
About the Author
Mitali Perkins was born in India and moved to New York City when she was 7. It was here that she discovered her love for reading and writing. The fire escape of her family’s apartment was her favorite place to read, write, and think. On her website, Ms Perkins writes,
By the time she was in middle school, her family had moved to California. For much of her life, Ms Perkins felt caught between two cultures – the Bengali culture of her family life and the suburban American culture of her friends at school. Her books for middle grade readers, such as First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover and The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen feature characters that are also dealing with friction between cultures.
Ms Perkins now lives in the Bay Area. She has written nine novels for young readers. Rickshaw Girl was named one of the “100 Great Children’s Books” of the past hundred years by the New York Public Library, and is now being adapted for a film to be released in 2017. Learn more about Mitali Perkins on her website – her “virtual fire escape” – at www.mitaliperkins.com.
We can’t wait to hear what your book club thinks of this selection!