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Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood by Varsha Bajaj

"My life is a plate of perfectly edible but ordinary scrambled eggs. I want them savory, creamy, cheesy, and maybe with bacon on the side."

Albert Whitman & Company

Release date:
March 1st, 2014

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Buzz for Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

"Abby's extravagant travels and first romance are enough to satisfy and amuse." Publishers Weekly

"Readers will want for Abby what she wants for herself - to find her place in her two families - and should be touched and satisfied by the story's ending." - Kirkus

"Cue the string quartet! Abby Spencer is about to get her biggest wish, to meet her real dad. But wishing could never prepare her for the cross-global adventure that she has to take in order to find him. There will be potholes, belly dancers, and a first crush. There will be cringes and sighs. Above all, there will be an undeniable change of heart, all in a satisfyingly good way."
- Kathi Appelt, author of Underneath (National Book Award finalist) and The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp

"Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood whirls you to new places, introduces you to lively characters, and builds to a crescendo of action, romance, and humor. A cinematic musical of a book! Be prepared to applaud." - Jennifer Ziegler, author of Sass & Serendipity and How Not to be Popular

Honors for Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood was the Crystal Kite winner for the Texas/Oklahoma region. The Crystal Kite is awarded by The SCBWI (Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and books are chosen by members votes. It was an honor to be chosen by my peers.

Abby also marched on to the Scholastic book Fair catalogue. I hope she reaches a lot of kids and brings them joy.

Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood was shortlisted for the 2015 Cybils Award for middle grade fiction.

Abby also landed on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program for Middle School. This opportunity to reach middle school readers is beyond exciting. Thank you, Texas Librarians! I am honored.

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