Sona Sharma – A Friend Indeed

By Chitra Soundar

Illustrated by Jen Khatun

Sona Sharma, who lives in India, learns all about school elections, the ups and downs of best friends, and how to choose what matters most in life. "Warmly loving and evocative" The Guardian

When Miss Rao announces that there's going to be an election for Class Leader, Sona is excited to stand as a candidate – until she finds herself competing against her best friends, Joy and Renu. When the three girls fall out, Sona must decide what matters most – winning the election or proving herself to be a true friend indeed. With the support of her wise family, perhaps Sona can learn that there is often more than one way to be a winner.

Categories: Fiction

For readers aged: 6+

  • Publication details:
  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 9781529504385
  • Published: 01 Sep 2022
  • Price: £6.99
  • Size: 198 x 129 mm
  • Pages: 128

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Customer reviews


'[...]as always with these stories warmth, loving relationships and gentle humour are key ingredients, and readers also learn something of the traditions and foods of Sona’s Hindu family. A delightful addition to this series of illustrated chapter books for younger readers.' Read Reading Hub

'This book was a little different to what I have read before, it is not a story from where I live so it was nice to learn a little about a different country.' Books Up North

'The beautiful cover-artwork every time just tempting me like sweets in a sweet shop! […] Paired with Jen Khatun’s vibrant, lively, characterful and plentiful illustrations throughout the story, we’re onto a winner and a permanent spot on my bookshelves, wherever they may be. […] A superb read for all and a great classroom read out loud story too.' Kids Books Curator

'This is a great story for empathy building and helping children see the consequences of their actions.' Just Imagine

'Featured in Pen & Inc Autumn/Winter 2022 listings, highlighting the best in diversity and inclusion in children's books.' Pen & Inc

'A fabulous story about democracy and its process […] What a celebration of a teacher and her teaching process for primary age children. A superb read for all and a great classroom read out loud story too.' The Kids Books Curator

'The third book in the wonderful Sona series, this beautifully told story is rich with authentic cultural details and Jen Khatun’s evocative, digitally enhanced pen-and-ink line drawings.' Inclusive Books for Children

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