How to Find What You're Not Looking For (Paperback)

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A stunning read for middle grade children who are interested in history, social justice, and finding your voice. Hiranandani’s writing style immerses the reader into Ariel’s story, and introduces young readers to life in 1967 when Loving vs Virginia passed, Martin Luther King Jr. was still fighting for justice, advancements in how we understand learning disabilities, and life as a Jewish family after World War II. A great fiction book to teach children about the 60s, finding self-confidence, and how accepting change can be a long, tumultuous journey that is completely worth the rewards.

— From Paige's Picks


New historical fiction from a Newbery Honor–winning author about how middle schooler Ariel Goldberg's life changes when her big sister elopes following the 1967 Loving v. Virginia decision, and she's forced to grapple with both her family's prejudice and the antisemitism she experiences, as she defines her own beliefs.

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Twelve-year-old Ariel Goldberg's life feels like the moment after the final guest leaves the party. Her family's Jewish bakery runs into financial trouble, and her older sister has eloped with a young man from India following the Supreme Court decision that strikes down laws banning interracial marriage. As change becomes Ariel's only constant, she's left to hone something that will be with her always--her own voice.

About the Author

Veera Hiranandani, author of the Newbery Honor-winning The Night Diary, earned her MFA in creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is the author of The Whole Story of Half a Girl, a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and a South Asia Book Award finalist. A former editor at Simon & Schuster, she now teaches creative writing at Sarah Lawrence College's Writing Institute.

Praise For…

A Sydney Taylor Award Winner
A Jane Addams Children's Book Award Winner
A Judy Lopez Memorial Award Winner
A National Jewish Book Award Finalist
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2022 ALSC Notable Children’s Book
An Amazon Best Book of the Month
A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2021
A New-York Historical Society's Children’s History Book Prize Winner
An Amazon Best Children’s Book of 2021


by Veera Hiranandani

*"A splendid historical fiction tale of bravery and determination." —School Library Journal, starred review.

*"A powerful blend of important themes and everyday triumphs and sorrows." —Kirkus, starred review

"In this moving novel about a turbulent time, Ari and her family discover that what is most important is not what you think you want." —Booklist

...explores the benefits and costs of assimilation and the complexity of being both white and a religious minority in America then—and now." —Publisher's Weekly, starred review.

"What’s most striking about the book is how kind it is. People learn, forgive, try to do better. In a knee-jerk time (ours), it’s powerful to witness Ari’s realization that people can grow and change." —New York Times Book Review by Marjorie Ingall

 “Gorgeously written and deeply moving, with a main character you can’t help but love, How to Find What You’re Not Looking For deals with the hardest act in one’s fight for justice—confronting the prejudice of those who are closest to us. Hiranandani is a master.” —Adam Gidwitz, Newbery Honor-winning author of The Inquisitor’s Tale

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525555056
ISBN-10: 0525555056
Publisher: Kokila
Publication Date: September 13th, 2022
Pages: 384
Language: English