Mira in the Present Tense

Mira in the Present Tense

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Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic, and outspoken family in which it's not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie's health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her. An incredibly insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance--and often injustice--of life and death. But at its heart, it's a celebration of friendship, culture--and life
Publisher: Chicago : Albert Whitman, 2013
ISBN: 9780807551493
Characteristics: 284 p. ; 21 cm


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Aug 14, 2015

I was looking through the Young Adult section trying to help my daughter find a book. I found Artichoke Hearts and read it myself and although it is in the Young Adult section there is nothing adolescent about the writing by this author. (What I mean by that is adults will like it also.) It is a very well written and is a touching story of a young girls life of love, covering 1 month of her life.

ChristchurchKids Dec 28, 2014

Artichoke hearts is a book to make you cry. With laughter as well as sadness. It is Sita’s first book and it is brilliant. Mira is entering her teens and is dealing with the usual growing up problems, boys, best mates and periods. There is also a bit of bullying chucked in. She is dealing with so many changes but on top of that her beloved nana Josie is dying.

Nana Josie is a great character. She is strong, wise, funny and fiesty. Mira and her are really close although sometimes she is a little outspoken for the quiet Mira. She’s an artist with a wide group of friends who used to go on political demonstrations. Josie has a love of nature which she has passed on to her granddaughter.

Mira’s family life is chaotic. Mum and dad are always busy, little brother Krish is a pain and there is baby Laila to add to the mix. There are bullies at school but she does have her best friend Millie. So why has she started to keep secrets from her? She’s discovering boys and is somehow drawn to Jide, a boy who has secrets of his own.

This is a beautiful story. It feels very true to life and except for the fact that it is set in London it could be a family we know. The pace and mood of the characters change so much through the book as they come to terms with more than the fact that Nana Josie is dying. It is an emotional roller coaster ride but a pleasurable one as we get to know Mira better.

Find a comfortable spot and curl up with this wonderful book and get to know the Levenson family, especially Mira.

Jul 21, 2012

Awesome book, very emotional. Loved it, one of my favourites

Aug 29, 2011

my favorouite book ever. . . i cried!


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Jul 21, 2012

unicornchick thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 19


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