Karma Khullar’s Mustache by Kristi Wientge
(Simon Schuster – August 15, 2017)
Thank you so much to the author for providing #KidLitExchange with a finished copy of this book for review purposes! All opinions are my own (as always).
“What goes around, comes around”……Karma Khullar’s namesake has her on a quest to fit in and stop the teasing from her 6th grade classmates, while still maintaining her sense of self.
Reading KARMA KHULLAR’S MUSTACHE took me instantly back to middle school, to reading and identifying with ARE YOU THERE GOD, IT’S ME MARGARET, and to just wanting to understand why I didn’t fit in perfectly with everyone else. For this generation’s tweens, Karma will be THEIR Margaret. While they may still be chanting “I must, I must, increase my bust”, they will be able to identify with Karma and her quest to rid her face of facial hair and reconcile her racial, cultural and religious identities with those of her classmates. I adored Karma and my heart ached for her as she strove to understand why she was being taunted and why her best friend wouldn’t stand up for her. Her father’s new role as a stay-at-home parent while her mom is working more and more as a university professor really doesn’t help matters, either.
Required purchase for middle school libraries and classrooms as we fight to teach kids that “….sometimes the silence hurts worse than the teasing.” (p. 161)