The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

The Grand Plan to Fix Everything

Illustrated by: Abigail Halpin
For Ages: 8 - 12
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Rose petal milk shakes and a world of surprises awaits Dini when her family moves to India in this spirited novel with Bollywood flair.

Eleven-year old Dini loves movies—watching them, reading about them, trying to write her own—especially those oh-so-fabulous Bollywood movies where you don’t need to know the language to get what’s going on. But when her mother reveals some big news, it does not at all jibe with the script Dini had in mind. Her family is moving to India. And not even to Bombay, which is the “center of the filmi universe” (and home to Dini’s all-time most favorite star, Dolly Singh). No, they’re moving to a teeny, tiny town that she can’t even find on a map: Swapnagiri. It means Dream Mountain, a sleepy little place where nothing interesting can happen....

But wait a movie minute! Swapnagiri is full of surprises like rose petal milk shakes, mischievous monkeys, a girl who chirps like a bird, and...could it be…Dolly herself?
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  • Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 
  • 288 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781416995906 | 
  • February 2013 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
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Chapter One

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DOLLY SINGH’S FABULOUS FACE FLOATS across the screen of the TV in the family room. Two happy sighs float off the couch, one from Dini and the other from her best friend, Maddie.

Dini is a Dolly fan. She has been forever, from the time she discovered that Dolly’s first movie, in which she was just a kid, came out the day—the very day!—that Dini was born. You can’t be more closely connected than that.

Maddie is a fan because best friends share everything.

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

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About the Author

Uma Krishnaswami
Photograph courtesy of the author

Uma Krishnaswami

Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children. She was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico.

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