Miguel Valera Valera من عند Mansoorpur, Punjab, الهند
This book was completely predictable and frustrating because of it. Way too many detailed descriptions about herbs and flowers and little "witch" rituals, and none of the rituals ended up doing anything anyway. I could see if you were 10 or 11, it might be a pretty good read. But, if you're an adult that likes YA novels - I wouldn't waste your time.
This is one of my favorite books - it illustrates the extremely common experience of second-generation immigrants, or first-generation Asian Americans who must straddle various cultures and find a way to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity. It's touching, heart-breaking, and makes you want to hug your parents.