From School Library Journal
Grade 5-7–In this sequel to Bindi Babes
(Delacorte, 2004), Geena, Amber, and Jazz come to the aid of a former Bollywood star who's fallen on hard times. The sisters are hoping that Molly Mahal will liven up their school's upcoming fundraising event, but they underestimate the turmoil she will cause when they offer to let her stay in their house for an indeterminate time. All of the males in the novel fall under Molly's spell, including the girls' widowed father and their teacher; but the sisters and their aunt are obliged to wait on the self-absorbed diva hand and foot, and it is unclear whether she has any intention of helping with the school's economic crisis. Dhami's pacing and scene-setting are more cinematic than novelistic; there is little differentiation among the sisters, leaving readers unfamiliar with the previous book confused, and the setting is equally sketchy. While fans of the first title may enjoy this book, it is not a first purchase.–Miriam Lang Budin, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Gr. 5-8. In this sequel to the lighthearted Bindi Babes
BKL S 15 04], teen sisters Geena, Amber, and Jazz continue to orchestrate a setup between their dreamy teacher, Mr. Arora, and their aunt, who has moved from India to Britain after the death of the girls' mother. When Auntie and Mr. Arora join efforts to plan a Bollywood-themed fund-raiser for the sisters' suburban English school, the girls secretly invite a former Bollywood actress, Molly Mahal. The faded film star has fallen on such hard times, however, that the girls impulsively ask her into their home, bringing tension and new worries: Will Molly steal Mr. Arora's heart, or, worse yet, their father's? The particulars of Indian culture add richness to the story, and Dhami raises interesting questions about celebrity and a family's changing shape following a parent's death. But in true chick-lit fashion, the girls' grief over their mother is outshone by sunny schemes, affectionate bickering, and slapstick negotiations. Gillian EngbergCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved