The award-winning author of You Bring the Distant Near explores identity, homecoming, and the legacy of assault in this personal and ambitious new novel. Katina King is the reigning teen jujitsu champion of Northern California, but she's having trouble fighting off the secrets in her past. Robin Thornton was adopted from an orphanage in India and is reluctant to take on his future. If he can't find his roots, how can he possibly plan ahead? Robin and Kat meet in the most unlikely of places—a summer service trip to Kolkata to work with survivors of human trafficking. As bonds build between the travelmates, Robin and Kat discover that justice and healing are tangled, like the pain of their pasts and the hope for their futures. You can't rewind life; sometimes you just have to push play. In turns heart wrenching, beautiful, and buoyant, Mitali Perkins's Forward Me Back to You focuses its lens on the ripple effects of violence—across borders and generations—and how small acts of heroism can break the cycle.
BMS Librarian Ms. Woznick is recommending a book a day! All Books of the Day are available online. You can get either the ebook or eaudio of Forward Me Back to You from Overdrive (use the Libby app) with a Beverly Public Library Card. Want a physical book? Check with Copper Dog Books or the Book Shop of Beverly Farms.
Also: check out this recent interview with Mitali Perkins, conducted by BHS Librarian Mrs. Fecteau, where they talk extensively about this book.