Veera Hiranandani

Cindy Seip

Veera Hiranandani is the Newbery Honor-winning author of The Night Diary, The Whole Story of Half a Girl, and the Phoebe G. Green chapter book series. In How to Find What You’re Not Looking For (Kokila), following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision – which struck down laws banning interracial marriage changes – 12-year-old middle schooler Ariel Goldberg’s older sister elopes with a young man from India. Suddenly, Ariel’s life feels just like the moment after the final guest leaves the party. Her family’s Jewish bakery runs into financial trouble, too, and she must grapple with her family’s prejudice and the antisemitism she herself experiences as she defines her own beliefs. As change becomes Ariel’s only constant, she’s left to hone something that will be with her always – her own voice. Adam Gidwitz, Newbury Honor-winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale, praised it as “gorgeously written and deeply moving, with a main character you can’t help but love, How to Find What You’re Not Looking For deals with the hardest act in one’s fight for justice – confronting the prejudice of those who are closest to us.”