MITALI PERKINS at Books Inc. Palo Alto

Author image of Mitali Perkins and cover photo of her book Hope in the Valley

Books Inc. Palo Alto proudly hosts local author Mitali Perkins for a special South Bay Launch Party celebrating her new middle grade novel, Hope in the Valley!

Hope in the Valley, from National Book Award Nominee Mitali Perkins, is a middle-grade novel exploring grief, friendship, family, and growing up in a community facing a housing crisis.

Twelve-year-old Indian-American Pandita Paul doesn't like change. She's not ready to start middle school and leave the comforts of childhood behind. Most of all, Pandita doesn't want to feel like she's leaving her mother, who died a few years ago, behind. After a falling out with her best friend, Pandita is planning to spend most of her summer break reading and writing in her favorite secret space: the abandoned but majestic mansion across the street.

But then the unthinkable happens. The town announces that the old home will be bulldozed in favor of new--maybe affordable--housing. With her family on opposing sides of the issue, Pandita must find her voice--and the strength to move on--in order to give her community hope.


"Grief, memories, and the difficulty of letting go permeate this powerful story about family, friendship, and finding your voice . . . deeply compelling . . . A riveting, courage-filled story." -- Kirkus Reviews


Mitali Perkins has written several books for young readers, including Home Is in BetweenBetween Us and AbuelaForward Me Back to YouYou Bring the Distant Near (a National Book Award Nominee, a Walter Honor Book, a South Asia Book Award Winner, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, and a Shelf Awareness 2017 Best Book of the Year), Rickshaw Girl (a NYPL Top 100 Book), and Bamboo People (an ALA Top 10 YA novel). Mitali was born in India and currently resides in Northern California.

Event date: 
Tuesday, July 11, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
855 El Camino Real #74
Palo Alto, CA 94301