Meet Leela. She goes to second grade and has lots of fun hanging out with her three best friends. But there's a big problem. It's her last name. It's really long, hard to say and just plain weird! Well, at least that's what Leela thinks - until she encounters a few amazing people, has a few interesting adventures and obtains some mysterious objects that reveal the history and meaning behind names. Now Leela is curious about her own. Will she ever come to like her last name? And, more importantly, will she learn its true meaning in time for the school's annual talent show?!
"Young readers will delight in Leela...an appealing protagonist who is inquisitive, smart and sensitive. The prose is smooth, and the dialogue rings with authenticity throughout. Pillalamarri also includes ideas for lessons on genealogy and etymology, including three worksheets for classroom use. A solid introduction to discovering one's own heritage that also teaches respect for others'." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
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