Book Launch: "Karthik Delivers" by Sheela Chari

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Join us for this special book launch event celebrating Sheela Chari's forthcoming novel, Karthik Delivers. There will be bookish conversation, good food and fun! This event is perfect for middle school students, but all are welcome.

Books will be available at the event for purchase and signing from Bronx River Books.

About the Book: Fourteen-year old Karthik Raghavan is good at remembering things. Like his bike routes. Or all the reasons he likes Juhi Shah—even if she doesn’t even know he exists. It doesn't help that she seems to have a crush on his arch nemesis, Jacob Donnell, whose only job is to humiliate Karthik (and get his name wrong). Then Karthik's luck changes when he secretly agrees to be in a play about the famous musician, Leonard Bernstein. But he can't tell his parents. The family store is in jeopardy, and they need him delivering groceries on his bike to help save it. His mom is also worried about the Financial Crisis, and she's convinced that studying hard and staying focused is the only way to succeed. But Karthik is having fun being Lenny. Besides, what if acting is Karthik’s special talent? And what if acting is the one way to catch Juhi Shah’s attention? With all the pressure from his family to succeed, will Karthik be able to really imagine and hope when he’s not sure what will happen next?

About the Author: Sheela Chari is the author of the forthcoming novel, Karthik Delivers (4/2022). Her other works include The Unexplainable disappearance of Mars Patel series, based on the Peabody Award-winning mystery podcast; Finding Mighty, a Junior Library Guild Selection and Children's Choice Award Finalist; and Vanished, an APALA Children’s Literature Honor Book and Edgar Nominee for best juvenile mystery.  Sheela has an MFA in Creative Writing from New York University, and is a faculty member of Vermont College of  Arts's MFA Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She lives in Scarsdale.