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Pavi Sharma's Guide to Going Home

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Wry story of foster kids looks at tough and tender truths.

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This fast-paced and engrossing story features a main character who's had her share of hard knocks. Pavi Sharma's Guide to Going Home introduces a smart if jaded, clever if exhausted, hero who would rather build skills of self-reliance than be tossed about in the unknown seas of foster family life. She keeps her sad past at bay by helping kids navigate the foster care system. This very act, writing down detailed notes about each kid on her clipboard, doing internet searches about their placement families, getting paid in junk food and markers makes Pavi immediately likable and relatable. Who doesn't love a kid with a side hustle?

Though the other characters in the story aren't crafted with quite as much depth as Pavi, her big feelings of sadness, abandonment, and never truly fitting in feel universal enough to carry the book. The plot is engrossing and harrowing, but the adventure could have been detailed a little more to achieve the resolution that Pavi deserves. In this case, more would have been more.

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