In the tradition of Judy Blume, debut author Kristi Wientge tackles the uncomfortable—but all too relatable—subject of female body hair and self-esteem with this “sparkling and triumphant tale of a middle school misfit” (Heather Vogel Frederick). Karma Khullar is about to start middle school, and she is super nervous. Not just because it seems like her best friend has found a newer, blonder best friend. Or the fact that her home life is shaken up by the death of her dadima. Or even that her dad is the new stay-at-home parent, leading her mother to spend most of her time at work. But because she’s realized that she has seventeen hairs that have formed a mustache on her upper lip. With everyone around her focused on other things, Karma is left to figure out what to make of her terrifyingly hairy surprise all on her own.
I write Middle Grade books and my favorite thing to do is help young people write or connect them with a great book. I’m also a pretty big fan of spicy food and both chocolate and coffee or any combination of chocolate and coffee, but please, don’t make my chocolate or coffee spicy! I grew up in Ohio, but I’ve been living in Singapore for almost 15 years! Which is perfect for spicy food, but also kind of not because it’s super hot here ALL year around and it makes me sweat! On the other hand, it is nice to swim on Christmas!