I'm from Here Too (Hardcover)

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I'm from Here Too (Hardcover)

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If you have never tried reading a novel in verse before, Kashmira Sheth's I'm From Here Too is a great chance to explore something new and beautiful. Anoop is an 8th grader beginning a new school year and and exploring his identity as a brother, son, friend, student, and an Indian American Sikh boy. The tenets of his faith help him navigate life's pains and pleasure in this fast-paced but emotional read.

— Jordan

Kashmira Sheth's eloquent verse novel follows an Indian American Sikh boy through a year of change, challenges, and growth

Anoop is many things: a brother, a son, a grandson, a friend, a middle school student, and a budding writer. He is also Indian American and Sikh.


When he joins a new class, separated from longtime friends, aspects of his identity—especially his long hair, covered with a patka—draw attention in new and uncomfortable ways. At the same time, his beloved grandfather in India is nearing death, leading Anoop to think about faith and identity and his place in the world, especially as attacks on American Sikhs accelerate and he is reminded of his grandfather’s experiences during Partition.

Can the tenets of his faith—equality, justice, service, honesty—help Anoop navigate life? Can he even maintain them?
Kashmira Sheth was born in India and came to the United States when she was seventeen to attend Iowa State University, where she received a BS in microbiology. She is the author of several picture books, chapter books, and middle grade and young adult novels.
Product Details ISBN: 9781682636060
ISBN-10: 1682636062
Publisher: Peachtree
Publication Date: July 2nd, 2024
Pages: 288
Language: English
"A strong introduction to Sikh culture and faith."Booklist

"[A] moving verse novel . . . Sheth evocatively explains Sikhism in this compassionate story in which characters combat hate with reason."—Publishers Weekly
 
"An informative coming-of-age journey."—Kirkus Reviews

"I’m From Here Too is a beautiful book that explores universal themes of belonging, confidence, and identity from a perspective that’s too often overlooked—a young Sikh boy. The author deftly conveys experiences of what it’s like to be minoritized in our society, and how we move through those experiences together. It’s a powerful story for people who see the difficult realities of our present moment yet hope for a better future." —Simran Jeet Singh, Sikh scholar and author of Fauja Singh Keeps Going and The Light We Give