Sona Sharma, who lives in India, learns all about school elections, the ups and downs of best friends, and how to choose what matters most in life.
"Warmly loving and evocative" The Guardian
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.
Chitra Soundar grew up in Chennai, India. An award-winning author of more than 40 books for children, she loves writing picture books, fiction, non-fiction and verse. Chitra travels the world visiting schools and appearing at festivals to bring Indian stories to children everywhere. Chitra is the holder of two prestigious Junior Library Guild gold medals in the US. She lives in south east London. www.chitrasoundar.com
Jen Khatun's work is inspired by the natural world, the books on her shelves and the hidden magical moments found in everyday life. She says, "Being of Bangladeshi heritage meant that Chitra's stories remind me of the close bonds, traditions and memories of my family life. As a grown up, I cherish every profound life-teaching my family gifted me; they have made me who I am today."
[…]as always with these stories warmth, loving relationships and gentle humour are key ingredients, and readers also learn something of the traditions and foods of Sona’s Hindu family. A delightful addition to this series of illustrated chapter books for younger readers.
Read Reading Hub
This book was a little different to what I have read before, it is not a story from where I live so it was nice to learn a little about a different country.
Books Up North
The beautiful cover-artwork every time just tempting me like sweets in a sweet shop! […] Paired with Jen Khatun’s vibrant, lively, characterful and plentiful illustrations throughout the story, we’re onto a winner and a permanent spot on my bookshelves, wherever they may be. […] A superb read for all and a great classroom read out loud story too.
Kids Books Curator
This is a great story for empathy building and helping children see the consequences of their actions.
Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children’s books.
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