Here’s some fun reading–and listening. The Guardian has a piece out on great songs in great books. We especially like this list because it features a great song, Riders in the Storm by The Doors (Into this world we’re thrown /Like a dog without a bone), that is featured in BORN CONFUSED by Tanuja Desai Hidier. Also very cool: The Guardian picked several songs from books by David Levithan, who doubles as Tanuja’s editor at Scholastic.
BORN CONFUSED follows music-loving Dimple Lala, who “was born upside down to an Indian family in America, and she has been confused ever since. As Dimple attempts to mediate the world of high school, “suitable boys”, heritage, and art, her gorgeous all-American best friend Gwyn only makes it more confusing. This song is played during a pivotal moment for Dimple, in an anxiety provoking but hilarious scene. Tanuja Desai Hidier includes mention of many songs in the book, but she also wrote a soundtrack for it herself, which you can listen to here.”
The sequel, BOMBAY BLUES (Scholastic) was published this August, so for fans of The Doors, and Dimple, there is more to be had. Check out Tanuja’s site here, where you can also find tracks on the album she wrote for the new book.