In the Key of Nira Ghani

by Natasha Deen

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A Guyanese girl must find the balance between her parents' "old world" expectations and traditions while pursuing her dream of being a great trumpeter in this contemporary, coming-of-age story.

Nira Ghani has always dreamed of becoming a musician. Her Guyanese parents, however, have big plans for her to become a...
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Published By Running Press Kids

Format Hardback


Number Of Pages 304

Publication Date 04/09/2019

ISBN 9780762465477

Dimensions 5.95 inches x 8.6 inches

"In the Key of Nira Ghani is the YA novel today's readers have been waiting for.... This work poignantly explores the timeless storyline of defying the dreams of your parents in order to find your own path, making it a great choice for teens striving to develop their own personal identity in the face of adversity."

— Booklist, Starred Review

Mentions of everyday cultural traditions are welcome additions to this tale of a teen finding the courage to stand up for her individuality while honoring the people she comes from. A charming, honest, and heartwarming story that will leave readers satiated and happy.
— Kirkus Reviews

This bittersweet, humorous coming-of-age story represents a common struggle faced by children of immigrants: wanting to be seen and loved for who they really are.
— The Horn Book

A love-letter to complicated families and the challenges of the immigrant experience, In the Key of Nira Ghani is sparkling, soaring, and soulful--a devastatingly authentic, pitch-perfect story of longing and belonging.

— Alison Hughes, author of Hit the Ground Running

Lovingly-crafted, poignant, and funny; In the Key of Nira Ghani is the story of a girl striving to find her melody amidst a cacophony of cultural expectations, traditional parents, and her own self-doubt. Nira's wry observations will delight you; her deep yearning will capture your heart. A fantastic addition to young adult bookshelves.

— Kate A Boorman, award-winning author of the Winterkill trilogy

Moving, uplifting, and written with a sharp sense of humor that had me laughing out loud more than once.
— Robin Stevenson, author of A Thousand Shades of Blue

In the Key of Nira Ghani is a complex coming-of-age story that will resonate with all ages.

— Jacqueline Guest, author of The Comic Book War

Witty, funny, and heartbreaking, often all on the same page. Expect to read this one all in one sitting.

— Lisa J. Lawrence, author of Trail of Crumbs

A younger high school crowd with an appetite for snark will enjoy the bumpy road that Nira walks toward authenticity, love, and true friendship.
— School Library Journal

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