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    Shabnam Minwalla

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When Jiya Met Urmila

by: Shabnam Minwalla
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When Jiya meets Urmila, she sees a loud girl with a fierce expression and too-bright clothes. Urmila sees a snooty girl with a dull dress and no spunk. Can they ever be friends?

When Jiya meets Urmila, she sees a loud girl with a fierce expression and too-bright clothes. Urmila sees a snooty girl with a dull dress and no spunk. Can they ever be friends?

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  1. Pranvi Khare, Grade 9A

    “So Jiya and Urmila grew up just two banyan trees and one wall away from each other.”
    This book is marketed to “emerging readers” and the language and illustrations do make it look like its for a younger audience. Most of the children reading this book, may not understand the meaning behind the story. Jiya is like me and you: a privileged girl who goes to a good school and has everything she wants. Urmila who lives on the other side of the wall lives in a small 1-bhk apartment with her parents and elder brother. The story begins when Jiya goes into Mr.Jajoo, a retired government workers house, to get a couple of flowers from a garden: Mr.Jajoo dislikes kids especially young girls : before he can say anything Urmila drags Jiya and they both have a bad first impression,but through the conversation they get closer. Through this book we see the perspective of 2 young girls from 2 classes meeting and both defying the stereotypes they set for each other. I personally enjoy this book and suggest it not only to emerging readers but also to young adults.