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by Abigail Halpin,Uma Krishnaswami

eBook The Grand Plan to Fix Everything download ISBN: 1416995897
Author: Abigail Halpin,Uma Krishnaswami
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 24, 2011)
Language: English
Pages: 272
ePub: 1798 kb
Fb2: 1357 kb
Rating: 4.4
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Category: Children's Books
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Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children. She was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico. In the case of "The Grand Plan to Fix Everything," I knew said daughter would get a kick out of reading it because my husband had just got us all watching Bollywood movies as a family, so we knew exactly what the characters were about. This is not a book that needs to be read in context, however, although, of course, our current interest in Bollywood movies made it so much more fun to read.

Closer and closer comes Dolly’s face, until her hair turns to mist and the sunlight catches her brown gold skin.

The Grand Plan To Fix Everything ATHENEUM BOOKS FOR YOUNG READERS An imprint of Simon illustrations by Abigail Halpin. 1st ed. p. cm. Summary: Eleven-year-old Dini loves. Closer and closer comes Dolly’s face, until her hair turns to mist and the sunlight catches her brown gold skin. Dolly opens her mouth to sing a perfectly tuneful song in this, her latest movie, Mera jeevan tera jeevan, or My Life Your Life, MJTJ for short.

Book in the The Grand Plan to Fix Everything Series). Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children. Библиографические данные. The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Издание: иллюстрированное.

Closer and closer comes Dolly’s face, until her hair turns to mist and the sunlight catches her brown gold skin

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The Grand Plan to Fix Everything. Illustrated by Abigail Halpin. About The Illustrator. Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (February 19, 2013). ISBN13: 9781416995906.

by Uma Krishnaswami & illustrated by Abigail Halpin. Every day, nine-year-old Yasmin borrows a book from Book Uncle, a retired teacher who has set up a free lending library next to her apartment building. But when the mayor tries to shut down the rickety bookstand, Yasmin has to take her nose out of her book and do something.

Check out this interview with both Halpin and author Uma Krishnaswami for more images and details on the creation of The Grand Plan to Fix Everything.

Check out this interview with both Halpin and author Uma Krishnaswami for more images and details on the creation of The Grand Plan to Fix Everything something about this story just didn't sit right with me. The third person narration was a small factor in that I never truly connected with Dini.

Uma Krishnaswami, being of Indian origin, puts her own . You can see this is someone who loves the picture book medium and studied it extensively.

You can see this is someone who loves the picture book medium and studied it extensively.

Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying to write her own—especially Bollywood movies. But when her mother tells her some big news, it does not at all jive with the script of her life she has in mind. Her family is moving to India…and, not even to Bombay, which is the center of the Bollywood universe and home to Dini’s all-time most favorite star, Dolly. No, Dini is moving to a teeny, tiny village she can’t even find on a map. Swapnagiri. It means Dream Mountain and it only looks like a word that’s hard to pronounce. But to that open-minded person who sounds the name out, one letter at a time, it falls quite handily into place: S-w-a-p-n-a-g-i-r-i. An honest sort of name, with no surprise letters waiting to leap out and ambush the unwary. That doesn’t mean there aren’t surprises in Swapnagiri like mischievous monkeys and a girl who chirps like a bird—and the biggest surprise of all: Dolly. So now, Dini is hard at work on a new script, the script in which she gets to meet the amazing Dolly. But, life is often more unpredictable than the movies and when Dini starts plotting her story things get a little out of control. This is a joyful, lively Bollywood inspired story is full of colorful details, delicious confections and the wondrous, magical powers of coincidence. Uma Krisnaswami will have you smiling from ear to ear.
Comments: (7)
Tenius
My 11-year-old daughter and I read this book one after the other, in 3 days. She loved it ("Wow, great fun" was her comment when she closed the book) and so did I.

Now, what did I LOVE about The Gran Plan to Fix Everything ?

First, the obvious : it is lovingly written and crafted, it is funny in a tongue-in-cheek way (the author mentioned somewhere being inspired by P.G. Woodhouse), it is a breath of fresh mountain air carrying the fragrance of blue flowers, and some goat smells, too.

The fusion quality : Dini's parents are Indian, but she's growing up in the US. Dini's BFF is American, and she is as much a fan of Bollywood movies as Dini is. Emails, phone calls, and video computer calls allow both girls to remain in touch. Dini soon meets another girl named Priya whose parents are in Washington DC, but will soon be going to Chile, and then Haiti. This is the kind of world where people from different walks of life, different countries and cultures, all learn from each other. Oh, one last thing : we also get to "taste" curry puffs with a touch of chocolate, and dark chocolate scented with rose petals !

Uma Krishnaswami, being of Indian origin, puts her own stamp on the English language, and I'm not talking syntax or grammar, here, but music, and a unique way of stringing words together. You can see this is someone who loves the picture book medium and studied it extensively. Her language literally sings and dances and follows some of the cadences of the Hindi and Tamil languages that she speaks, as well as English. Dini look-looks, and listen-listens, for instance, and a few Hindi words and sentences are woven into the story without any of the heavy-handedness that you sometimes get when authors use foreign words and then proceed to translate them, almost in the same breath.

As a writer, I loved all the references to plots and plotting, and how Dini, a true movie-buff, sees life through the eyes of a budding writer. Everything translates in terms of scenes, the place of the actors/characters in them, plots and their inevitable twists... The author and her heroine must have a lot in common, I bet.

I also loved how parent/child, and adult/child relationships are described. It is refreshing - and a little cringe-inducing, also. Refreshing because you, the adult (OK, me, the adult) are suddenly reminded of the way you were at that age, and how some of your thought-process went just like Dini's. The cringe comes from the sad realization that you need someone as talented as Uma Krishnaswami to channel the authentic voice and feelings of that child who got somewhat lost when you took on the role of parent.

Which is probably why I so love reading, and writing for children, and I think all adults should continue to read some kids literature, at least from time to time.

I'll end up this long review by saying that I will now wait for the movie version of this book. Come on, filmi people out there ! Whether you're in the US or in India, this book has all the necessary ingredients to make a perfect family movie - complete with songs, and dance numbers, if you please !
Yayrel
Great story of 9 to 10 year olds
LivingCross
Very sweet read
Atineda
A great book!!!Kids will LOVE IT OF COURSE!!!!!!!! Awesome AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!and I went Through the same thing!!!!!!!!!!
Andronrad
This is one of my favorite books. The voice of the MC is so authentic, so purely Dini, that readers can't help but fall in love with her. She views life as if it were a Bollywood fillum. She schemes to plot her future like a movie script, complete with happy ending. But when things don't go as planned, Dini must learn to accept the things she can't control. Her perseverance finally allows her to see that life is composed of both the bitter and sweet and, like her favorite movies, boundless optimism can lead to happy endings. Kids of any culture will relate to the humorous ups and downs in this book. Adorable art adds to the charm.
interactive man
As a mother who screens everything her 12-year-old daughter reads, a lot of books make it to our must-read list because of what we're currently doing as a family. In the case of "The Grand Plan to Fix Everything," I knew said daughter would get a kick out of reading it because my husband had just got us all watching Bollywood movies as a family, so we knew exactly what the characters were about. This is not a book that needs to be read in context, however, although, of course, our current interest in Bollywood movies made it so much more fun to read. Any child who's experiencing a change of circumstance or environment would enjoy this book. It was a short read, but the laughs lasted quite a while longer after the book was closed. Said daughter's review follows:

"The book, `The Grand Plan to Fix Everything" by Uma Krishnaswami was a funny book.

"Eleven-year-old Dini loves movies: making movies, watching movies with her best friend Maggie and especially Dolly Singh movies. So when she finds out she is going to India in the middle of the school year, she thinks she will finally be able to meet Dolly. Then she finds out that she is moving into a teeny tiny village in India called `Dreamy Mountain' for two years. It is upsetting to say the least. But will Dini find a way to make her life better? From actually meet Dolly herself to close encounters with wild monkeys to curry puffs to singing cars and chirping girls, this is a book you will never forget.

"My favorite character was Dini. She is really funny and really cares about her friends. I also liked how Dini wrote her essay in school like a movie script and talked about how she wants to change the world.

"My favorite part of the book was when the news reporter took a picture of the monkeys posing with the cake at Dini's party. It was really funny!

"I also liked how the book had not only Dini's point of view but the view-points of Lal the mail man, the director and Dolly herself. It was a really cute book and I would definitely recommend it to my friends.

"I would give the book five stars: two for the illustrations, two for the plot and one for the characters. It was a great book."