This is a deeply moving and realistic novel about emigration. It is the winner of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum award and of an IRA Children's Book Award Notable Book. When 12-year-old Seema Trivedi learns that she and her family must move from their small village in India to Iowa City, USA, she realises she will say goodbye to the only home she's ever known. India is home to the purple-jewelled mango trees and sweet-smelling jasmine, to the monsoon rains and the bustling market. Most important, it is home to her beloved family of aunts, uncles, grand-parents and cousins...all of whom she'll have to leave behind. Yet the adventure of moving to America unfolds before her like the bloom of a new flower. A world of new experiences and challenges lies in wait. In time, will she begin to plant roots in the soil that feels so strange?
"A realistic emigration story told with empathy and sincerity." - Kirkus Reviews "Seema's story is an appealing, easily read addition to multicultural literature." - VOYA"
Kashmira Sheth was inspired to write her first novel BLUE JASMINE, by her own experiences as a teenager who moved from India to the United States. She is also the author of a forthcoming young adult novel, Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet (Hyperion).