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The San Diego Participant Observer Book of the Month is Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line by Deepa Anappara

When a school friend, a shy boy named Bahadur, disappears, Jai, an avid fan of TV crime shows, goes into action. He and his two best friends, a bright girl named Pari and a hardworking boy called Faiz, investigate. Young as they are, they know all too well how little regard the police have for people like them.

Warning: If you begin reading the book in the morning, don't expect to get anything done the rest of the day. . . . In Jai, Anappara has created a boy vivid in his humanity, one whose voice somersaults on the page. . . . Her storytelling genius, it might be assumed, must be rooted in her reporter's eye for detail. But that handy formula misses the heat and mystery of what Anappara creates.—The New York Times Book Review

A model of verisimilitude . . . [Jai] comes to life on the page to live on in readers' memories.—Booklist

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