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Gr 4-6–Dini and Maddie, 11-year-old BFFs, are together again in this sequel to The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (S & S, 2011). In this novel, the girls are just as starstruck with dazzling Bollywood actress Dolly Singh and eagerly await her arrival in Washington, DC, where she will have her first U.S. fillum (film) premiere. When the celebrity arrives at the airport dripping and dropping her jewelry in typical Dolly-fashion, she discovers that her passport is missing. Dini comes to the rescue, and the plot springs into a comedic romp to retrieve the passport, find a rose petal milkshake (the only thing that can soothe Dolly's nerves), and locate an elephant for the big event. With the help of her friends, the intrepid girl takes care of the unfortunate mishaps that continue to pop up in the days before the premiere, leaving her feeling “slightly heroic.” The narrative is light and lilting, with some dialect woven in, and the details will help kids visualize the story's cultural nuances, while Halpin's black-and-white sketches effectively animate significant events. Dini remains grounded and honest throughout the narrative, even as she begins to doubt her friendship with Maddie when a third girl enters the scene. The protagonist also realizes that even though Dolly is beautiful, sweet, generous, and a true star, she is also slightly egocentric and spoiled. Humorous, entertaining, and with a sprinkle of stardust, this book is an enjoyable treat for the tween set, including reluctant readers.–D. Maria LaRocco, Cuyahoga Public Library, Strongsville, OHα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Readers will enjoy being reunited with Dini and her Bollywood movie star friend Dolly in this fast-paced sequel to The Grand Plan to Fix Everything (2011). A madcap plot unites chefs, dancers, an elephant keeper, a taxi driver, and myriad other characters as Dini and Maddie orchestrate the opening night of Dolly’s latest film at the Smithsonian. Together they combat seemingly insurmountable odds involving lost passports, escaped elephants, broken toes, surreptitious catering endeavors, and flamboyant dance routines. Witty language and amusing plot twists will keep readers on their toes in this amusing tale in which Dini learns that not all of life’s changes are bad. Grades 4-6. --Amina Chaudhri

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 680L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (August 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442423285
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442423282
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.1 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #828,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By The Compulsive Reader VINE VOICE on September 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Dini and Maddie are finally reunited when Dini heads back to Washington D.C. with famous movie star Dolly Singh in tow to help celebrate the release of her latest movie in the United States. Things start to go wrong almost immediately, though. Dolly's passport goes missing, the girls need to find someone to bake a cake for the event, a runaway elephant is on the loose...and there are no rose petal milkshakes to be found. Dini faces some of her biggest challenges in problem solving--can she still pull off the event?

Like The Grand Plan to Fix Everything, The Problem with Being Slightly Heroic is charming and funny, with a fun cast of quirky and lovable characters. Dini and Maddie are excited to be reunited for such an exciting event, but they quickly discover that their relationship has changed slightly while Dini was in India, and Dini struggles with jealousy over Maddie's new friend and frustration with Maddie herself. The girls have to work together to solve a lot of Dolly's problems, especially as Dini learns that for being such a fabulous movie star, Dolly is not a very good problem-solver. Lucky for her, she has Dini, Maddie, and many new friends on her side, and with a lot of charm and luck, Dolly's movie release celebration comes together in unexpectedly perfect ways.
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By jodie on January 13, 2016
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Great story for 9 to 10 year olds.
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