Alina in a Pinch

  • Pages:88
  • Publisher:Second Story Press
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  • Pub Date:05/03/2022
Paperback
9781772602456
$10.95 USD

Moving to a new city means Alina has to make new friends, and nothing is worse than lunch at a new school. When her grandmother visits, Alina is inspired to help her cook the delicious Afro-Indian meals she’s always loved, but a cruel note from a mysterious lunchtime bully leaves a bitter taste that even Nani’s excellent cooking can’t erase.

With an audition for Junior Chef fast approaching and Nani’s wise lessons helping her, can Alina embrace her heritage and convince her classmates that being different is a good thing?

"This chapter book will guide readers into diversity and equity and acceptance… and not just because of the food we eat."

– Dr. Larry Recommends

"A smart, timely tale of acceptance, pride, and identity, Alina in a Pinch is a book that has you cheering for its plucky protagonist."

– Open Book

"Alina’s relationship with Nani is heartfelt, and the protagonist’s growing self-assuredness and perseverance will be a comfort for fellow new kids who see themselves in her struggles."

– Publishers Weekly