Abby Spencer Goes to Bollywood

What thirteen-year-old Abby wants most is to meet her father. She just never imagined he would be a huge film star—in Bollywood! Now she’s traveling to Mumbai to get to know her famous father. Abby is overwhelmed by the culture clash, the pressures of being the daughter of India’s most famous celebrity, and the burden of keeping her identity a secret. But as she learns to navigate her new surroundings, she just might discover where she really belongs.

  • 256 Pages
  • 5.50" x 8"
  • 9780807563656
  • March 2015

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  • There’s some fun in Abby’s first-class travel, budding romance, and dream-come-true scenario of one’s unknown parent turning out to be a celebrity.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Abby is a sweet, relatable character, but it’s the lush backdrop that sets this book apart. The narrator describes the beauty and the extreme poverty of Mumbai.

    - School Library Journal

  • Readers will want for Abby what she wants for herself—to find her place in her two families—and should be touched and satisfied by the story’s ending…this story showcases the glamour and grit of Mumbai and gives readers an entertaining glimpse of backstage Bollywood.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • Abby’s extravagant travels and first romance are enough to satisfy and amuse.

    - Publishers Weekly

  • This book would be good for students wanting a light, humorous read with a peek into the Bollywood lifestyle.

    - Library Media Connection

Awards & Accolades

  • Finalist 2014 Cybils Award: Middle Grade Fiction
  • 2015 Crystal Kite Winter (Texas/Oklahoma Chapter)

Common Core



  • Accelerated Reader Points: 7
  • ATOS Level: 4.6