Someone asked me about reality in this book, and how it leaves the reader with this sense of not quite knowing what was real and what was made up.
I just had to stick with it. Can you tell us a bit about the research you did for this novel? Did you travel back to India? Watch a lot of movies? Observe a lot of monkeys? Eat a lot of curry puffs? I actually wrote a few scenes while I was there, sitting out on a stone porch with views of tea gardens and winding roads, and yes, even goatherds stopping to rest beneath bottlebrush trees.
And there were plenty of monkeys that would thunder through gardens and rip up canna plants, so all that was research. I did not eat a lot of curry puffs, I must admit, although I have vivid memories of eating them as a child.
What question has no one asked you yet that you wish someone would? And then, please consider yourself asked, and let us know the answer!
No one ever asks about punctuation marks comma and yet how could we make any sense of words on a page without them question mark. Seriously, I can reply—others may hesitate, but I stand firm! It can separate or join, depending on your intent. The narrative voice in The Grand Plan was quite partial to em-dashes. I had to rein it in sometimes when it threatened to get too carried away, but I must admit that at other times I just went along for the ride.
They ended up strewn about for silly fun as much as for dramatic effect. Dini, on the other hand, likes exclamation marks. They try them on to see how they work. Thank you, Uma, for stopping by to talk about The Grand Plan to Fix Everything , and congratulations on a fabulous book! Writer Friendly, Bookshelf Approved. A Grand Giveaway! To enter, send an e-mail to GrandPlanGiveaway gmail. One entry per person and prizes will only be shipped to US or Canadian addresses.
View All Archives. Log in No account? Create an account. Remember me. Dini is hoping to find a famous movie star who lives is India and might be close.
At about pg. She and her family are living in Swapnagiri.
Maddie and Dini have a plan to find Dolly. Dolly is a famous actress who lives in Bombay. But, it turns out that Dolly is missing! It turns out that Dini meets a friend named Pyria. A little later on in the book, some letters are reviled about Dolly and why she was so heartbroken. Uma did a great job on using details about each and every place that Dini runs into.
I would recommend this book to girls. This book is a great adventure book and is perfect for any girl to read.
Jun 03, Cindy Hudson rated it really liked it. Dini and her best friend Maddie love to watch movies from Bollywood.
They memorize lines from songs and know all the situations that can be solved by their favorite actress, Dolly Singh. Meanwhile, Dolly is having her own relationship crisis. Can Dini find her and finally get to meet her? May 01, Brandy Painter rated it liked it Shelves: childrens , contemporary-fiction , realistic , middle-grade. Originally posted here. Sometimes a book comes along that is a balance of quirky, enjoyable, and well written.
Her passion and determination brought a sense of liveliness to the story. Articles Help! Resources and Downloads. She comes up with a plan and makes it work, even against pretty strong odds. Sidwell Friends Meeting House. The Sound Thing.
When it happens to be a contemporary fiction novel about a culture many young readers are not familiar with, so much the better. This is a book many kids will be able to identify with even if they don't know anything about Bollywood or Indian culture. They will be able to sympa Originally posted here. They will be able to sympathize with Dini feeling alone, like her parents don't always understand her, and the sadness she has at leaving her home and best friend Maddie behind.
They will most likely be able to identify with her obsession with a pop icon and her feelings that if any fan is important to said icon, she is. The story comes complete with a host of quirky secondary characters to back Dini up. The story itself is not unlike a Bollywood movie. It plays out in a similar way to a film. There are abrupt scene cuts, fade out, multiple angles viewed.
There are places where the plot is a little zany and the characters overblown. That is part of the charm of the book and another thing I think will appeal to young readers. Dini is not pleased when her doctor mother announces the family will be moving to India for two years so she can work at a clinic in the small town of Swapnagiri, a.
Dream Mountain. Dini's biggest dream is to meet her favorite Bollywood star, Dolly Singh, and what are the chances of that?! As kismet would have it, very good indeed. With the help of a few true, if unlikely, Dolly fans -- a postal carrier, a car mechanic, and a grouchy landlord -- Dini not only realizes her own dream but helps Dini is not pleased when her doctor mother announces the family will be moving to India for two years so she can work at a clinic in the small town of Swapnagiri, a. With the help of a few true, if unlikely, Dolly fans -- a postal carrier, a car mechanic, and a grouchy landlord -- Dini not only realizes her own dream but helps the star mend her broken heart and return to her acting career.
The Grand Plan to Fix Everything is a droll, light-hearted story. The narration is self-aware in the way it addresses the reader, which in many books gets on my nerves. I thought it worked okay here, though. The details are vivid -- e. Over all, the book is full of coincidences and drama worthy of a Bollywood movie.
The only thing missing, really, is the music. Suggest this book to readers in grades 3 to 6 who enjoy a realistic but light-hearted read. If they enjoy books set in other countries, so much the better. Dini and her best friend Maddie love Bollywood movies, and their most famous actress, Dolly.