When eleven-year-old Lalli recuperates from an accident, her world is defined by what she sees outside her bedroom window. But when Lalli witnesses the strange reaction by her old and slightly odd neighbors to a letter they've received, little could she have envisioned what the consequences would be. Not only for Lalli but for the wonderful Mr. Steave. Featuring a soccer-mad brother, cool home-schooling teacher for a father, and a gifted Mennonite violinist, I have woven a story around the life of a young South-Asian American girl, which, at its core, has the universal themes of family forgiveness, true friendship and the power of neighborly love.
One of the three (all three received 5 stars):
Syamala Chenulu: "Lalli is a great thinker and has deep understanding of the circumstances that surround her. There is wit and poignancy woven into the entire novel. A must read for children of all ages but particularly the teens. The limericks are excellent."