How to Find What You're Not Looking for (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Historical fiction set in the 1960s, immediately following the Loving v. Virginia court case that made interracial marriage legal. Twelve-year-old Ariel's beloved older sister, Leah, elopes with an Indian man, and is subsequently disowned by their parents. As Ariel frantically tries to find Leah, her parents' Jewish bakery, which has never had it easy in their majority-Christian town, begins to struggle financially. Hiranandani is incredibly good at dissecting prejudices between marginalized communities, as she did with the Hindu and Muslim populations of India in her Newbery-honor debut, The Night Diary, and this book is further proof of that: she gives great depth and complexity to her characters' bigotry, where a lesser author might take it at face value. I was a bit hung up by Hiranandani's choice to write in present tense and second person, but overall really enjoyed this read. — Nadja Tiktinsky


New historical fiction from a Newbery Honor-winning author about how middle schooler Ariel Goldberg's life changes when her big sister elopes following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, and she's forced to grapple with both her family's prejudice and the antisemitism she experiences, as she defines her own beliefs.

Twelve-year-old Ariel Goldberg's life feels like the moment after the final guest leaves the party. Her family's Jewish bakery runs into financial trouble, and her older sister has eloped with a young man from India following the Supreme Court decision that strikes down laws banning interracial marriage. As change becomes Ariel's only constant, she's left to hone something that will be with her always--her own voice.

About the Author

Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Night Diary, earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asia Book Award finalist. A former editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781432897017
ISBN-10: 1432897012
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Youth Large Print
Publication Date: July 17th, 2022
Language: English