Thirst (Large Print / Library Binding)

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Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where clean water is scarce and education is not always valued. Minni finds herself struggling with two challenges: her brother witnesses the water mafia siphoning water away from their neighborhood and Minni's mother falls ill. Minni must take over Ma's job and responsibilities around the house while balancing them with her own education and wants to find a way to expose those who are stealing water. This is a fast moving story that will engross readers and make them think.

— Cathy



A New York Times Bestseller

The riveting story of a heroic girl who fights for her belief that water should be for everyone.

Minni lives in the poorest part of Mumbai, where access to water is limited to a few hours a day and the communal taps have long lines. Lately, though, even that access is threatened by severe water shortages and thieves who are stealing this precious commodity--an act that Minni accidentally witnesses one night. Meanwhile, in the high-rise building where she just started to work, she discovers that water streams out of every faucet and there's even a rooftop swimming pool. What Minni also discovers there is one of the water mafia bosses. Now she must decide whether to expose him and risk her job and maybe her life. How did something as simple as access to water get so complicated?


About the Author

Varsha Bajaj is the author of the middle-grade novels Count Me In and Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood, which was shortlisted for the Cybils Award and included on the Spirit of Texas Reading Program. She also wrote the picture books The Home Builders and This Is Our Baby, Born Today (a Bank Street Best Book). She grew up in Mumbai, India, and when she came to the United States to obtain her master's degree, her adjustment to the country was aided by her awareness of the culture through books. She lives in Houston, Texas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9798885784146
Large Print: Yes
Publisher: Youth Large Print
Publication Date: January 11th, 2023
Pages: 254
Language: English