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“Karma Khullar–half Indian, half white; half Sikh, half Methodist–is starting sixth grade, and she’s pretty sure that the universe is against her.” –Publishers Weekly

Karma Khullar’s Mustache

Written by Kristi Wientge
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable–but all too relatable–subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this “sparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfit” (Heather Vogel Frederick). Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder best friend. Or the fact that her home life is shaken up by the death of her dadima. Or even that her dad is the new stay-at-home parent, leading her mother to spend most of her time at work. But because she’s realized that she has seventeen hairs that have formed a mustache on her upper lip. With everyone around her focused on other things, Karma is left to figure out what to make of her terrifyingly hairy surprise all on her own.

Primary ISBN: 9781481477703
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback
Middle Grade, Age 08 or older

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Setting: United States

Character's Place in the Immigration Journey: Arrival

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