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Mitali Perkins

About Mitali Perkins

Mitali Perkins is the author of Tiger Boy, Rickshaw Girl, Bamboo People (all Charlesbridge), Monsoon Summer (Delacorte), and the First Daughter books (Dutton), among others. Her latest book is You Bring the Distant Near (Farrar).

The Book That Changed My Life: Jo March Is Me

Thank goodness we live in a literary era when cultural and racial identities are seen as important mirrors in stories. That wasn’t true when I came of age. Maybe that’s why it feels odd to confess that Jo March in Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women was such a profound influence during my adolescence. But here’s […]

Different Drums: Border Crossing

The Horn Book Magazine asked Mitali Perkins, “What’s the strangest children’s book you’ve ever enjoyed?” At first glance, there’s absolutely no compelling reason why a young immigrant from India would choose Hans Brinker, or, The Silver Skates: A Story of Life in Holland by Mary Mapes Dodge as a favorite read. And yet I did. […]