In 2017, Sheela Chari, a 2012 finalist for the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Book, had her second YA book, Finding Mighty, was published by Amulet Books. I was fortunate enough to have been given the opportunity to review this book for this years Multicultural Children’s Book Day. The mission of MCBD is “is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these books into classrooms and libraries.” I could not agree more- our books need to have characters and plots that represent all of us.
With Finding Mighty, we have not only a book that has adventure, drama, and mystery, but also a diversity that has been missing for years. The story grabs you right from the start! As with all great books, you have a hard time putting down the book because the story makes you feel like you are right there next to these interesting characters. Myla, an Indian-American Girl, and Peter, an African-American boy are the main characters in the Book. They talk about fitting in and being the only people with dark skin in their classes. It is great to hear this discussion and I find it refreshing as it gives the reader a perspective that some of us may not have had. This empathy we feel for others may give us a deeper understanding of a little bit of what they are going through is always important for others to feel.
The location of the story is New York City and in lower Westchester county. Exciting moments of the story happen where subway train tracks, and the ancient Aquaduct water system, historic houses, and more join together to help tell the story. It makes for an interesting backdrop to a delightful mystery that is told in an exciting and captivating way.
As their stories begin to intertwine, the reader is drawn in like the third member of the crew. You are right there with them through all the exciting and daring moments of the story. The author uses an interesting device of having both the characters become the main voice alternating who’s perspective the story is filtered through. It’s interesting to imagine how different parts of the story would be told were the main voice of the chapter be switched from Myla to Peter, or vice-versa.
This book is absolutely appropriate for upper elementary and middle school students. There is one mention of someone selling dope, which I thought was a little too much for young readers and although it may be what kids are hearing and seeing all across America, it still felt a little unnecessary.
Overall, this is a great book that I highly recommend giving it a read! Dig it!
Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2022 (1/28/22) is in its 9th year! This non-profit children’s literacy initiative was founded by Valarie Budayr and Mia Wenjen; two diverse book-loving moms who saw a need to shine the spotlight on all of the multicultural books and authors on the market while also working to get those books into the hands of young readers and educators.
MCBD’s mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in homes and school bookshelves. Read about our Mission & History HERE.
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