The Best at It - Maulik Pancholy - Thorndike - 978-1432881634
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The Best at It

  • Maulik Pancholy
  • Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
  • ISBN-10: 1432881639
  • ISBN-13: 9781432881634
  • DDC: Fic
  • Shipping Weight: 1.05 lbs ( .48 kgs)
  • 362 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released September 2020



Rahul Kapoor is heading into seventh grade. The start of middle school is making him feel increasingly anxious, so his favorite person in the whole world, his grandfather, Bhai, gives him some well-meaning advice: Find one thing you’re really good at and become the BEST at it. Those four little words sear themselves into Rahul’s brain. While he’s not quite sure what that special thing is, he is convinced that once he finds it, bullies like Brent Mason will stop torturing him at school. And he won’t be worried about staring too long at his classmate Justin Emery. With his best friend, Chelsea, by his side, Rahul is ready to crush this challenge. . . . But what if he discovers he isn’t the best at anything?

Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: HL620L


Customer Reviews

“An impressive first novel . . . wholly engaging.”

— ALA Booklist (starred)

“This funny, uplifting story about identity . . . sends a powerful, positive message to young readers about choosing self-acceptance.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred)

“The protagonist’s devastatingly honest voice pulls readers deeply into a fast-paced journey . . . heartbreakingly authentic.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred)

“Rahul is a compelling protagonist . . . Hand this to middle grade readers who are navigating changing social dynamics as they come of age.”

— School Library Journal