Author: Stuti Agarwal
Publisher: Juggernaut Books
About: In many ways, Tootsie Lama is like any eight-year-old girl in the small hilly town of Darjeeling. But in many ways, she is completely different – she lives on her own, goes to bed whenever she likes and cooks her own meals. One day Tootsie decides she would really like a delicious steaming bowl of thukpa, just like her Aama used to make it. Now all she needs is a plan.
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Tootsie Lama used to live with her parents until they went missing. She hopes they will come back someday. Until then, when she craves to eat dishes like Thukpa, she plans to sneak into a hotel with her friend Tenzing to get it.
I like the way the story is presented. The courage of an 8-year-old girl who lives alone comes to the fore. It's also interesting to see how she takes the lead, plans, and gets things done.