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Mina vs. the Monsoon

Mina vs. the Monsoon

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Words By: Rukhsanna Guidroz | Art By: Debasmita Dasgupta

The perfect antidote to boredom on a rainy day with chai, samosas, and SOCCER!

Mina loves to play soccer all year round. Nothing comes close to it. But when the monsoon rains arrive, Mina is stuck indoors and she can’t help feeling restless and bored. Her ammi doesn’t understand. The milkman doesn’t understand. That’s when Mina decides she’ll find ways of chasing away the clouds herself. In doing so, she makes an unexpected discovery about her ammi and a new bond forged between mother and daughter on a gray, gloomy day. Soccer will never be the same again for Mina…and Ammi!

A charming picture book for sport-loving readers with glimpses into village life in India, highlighting the important role played by weather in this part of the world.


A Kirkus Reviews' Best Picture Book of the Year (2018)

“On close inspection, it is so much more than it seems: a delightful picture book about a girl child discovering a wondrous secret about her mother."—Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)

"Both words and pictures create context for the book's cultural and geographic setting, while effortlessly incorporating universal themes that speak to children everywhere. A winner for storytime or one-on-one sharing." —School Library Journal (STARRED)

“This charming bilingual book has universal appeal and cultural specificity…a richly colored palette and crisp digital illustrations combine with a story that is refreshingly free of stereotypical tropes, making this a delightful addition to the #OwnVoices offerings for younger readers.”—Booklist


Realistic Fiction, Onomatopoeia, Around the World, Asia, Family Stories, Family, Soccer, Seasons, Sports, Weather, Picture Book

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Book Details

Reading Level Recommendations

Grades: K-3

Ages: 5-7

Lexile: AD600L

Subject Categories

JUV032150-JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Soccer
JUV029020-JUVENILE FICTION / Science & Nature / Weather
JUV014000-JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women


Hardcover: 9781949528985

Paperback: 9781949528992

eBook: 9781949528916

PDF: 9781949528527

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Rukhsanna Bio Photo

Meet the Author

Rukhsanna Guidroz is a former elementary school teacher. Her Persian-Indian father and Chinese mother inspired her love for traveling. After studying in London and Paris, she moved to Hong Kong where she worked as a journalist. She now lives in Hawaii, where she teaches and writes in her spare time.

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Debasmita Bio Photo

Meet the Illustrator

Debasmita Dasgupta is an internationally published, Kirkus Prize-nominated illustrator and graphic novelist. She enjoys illustrating both fiction and non-fiction for children and young adults. She has illustrated over 20 picture books, comics and poems. Widely known as an art-for-change advocate, Debasmita tells stories of change makers from around the world by partnering with global non-profits.

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