The Whole Story of Half A Girl

The Whole Story of Half A Girl

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What greater praise than to be compared to Judy Blume!--"Each [Blume and Hiranandani] excels in charting the fluctuating discomfort zones of adolescent identity with affectionate humor."-- Kirkus Reviews, Starred

After her father loses his job, Sonia Nadhamuni, half Indian and half Jewish American, finds herself yanked out of private school and thrown into the unfamiliar world of public education. For the first time, Sonia's mixed heritage makes her classmates ask questions--questions Sonia doesn't always know how to answer--as she navigates between a group of popular girls who want her to try out for the cheerleading squad and other students who aren't part of the "in" crowd.

At the same time that Sonia is trying to make new friends, she's dealing with what it means to have an out-of-work parent--it's hard for her family to adjust to their changed circumstances. And then, one day, Sonia's father goes missing. Now Sonia wonders if she ever really knew him. As she begins to look for answers, she must decide what really matters and who her true friends are--and whether her two halves, no matter how different, can make her a whole.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Random House Childrens Books 2013
ISBN: 9780375871672


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Apr 09, 2017

This book is amazing to read. It's about a girl life that's half Indian and half Jewish. Read this book because you're going to love it. The minute I got it I finished it, it's a book you want to read over and over. After you finish you going to be sad because you want to keep going on.

Aug 30, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this book. Once I started reading, I didn't put it down. I finished it really quickly and was disappointed when it ended because I had such a good time reading it. I strongly recommend this book to other readers because it's not just your average ordinary book, it's something different.


A good story about a middle school girl trying to fit in to her life at home and at school.

Reds243 Jul 02, 2012

This book is so good! I finished in one afternoon. I like how Sonia forgives her friends and family as they do things to her. Like her father; when he disappears and they find him she forgives him. This book has become one of my #1 favorite books.


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Violet_Horse_297 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Reds243 Jul 02, 2012

Reds243 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

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green_bee_388 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 8


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Reds243 Jul 02, 2012

Finally, at dinner, while I’m trying to figure out why the tofu is so purple, Mom says, “Kids--”

And Dad says, “Wait, I’ll--”

And Mom says, “You should--”

And Natasha says, “Ha!” because she’s five years younger than I am and doesn’t know what to do with herself half the time.

And Dad says, “I have some bad news,” which explains why Mom’s acting strange and probably why the tofu’s so purple. His face looks red and a little puffy, like he’s going to cry. I’ve actually never seen my father cry. Two years ago my uncle died, Dad’s brother, and Dad didn’t cry at the funeral. Not that he wasn’t sad, because he looked sadder than I’ve ever seen him.

“I lost my job. I was fired,” he says. His eyes are wide.


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