Biography for Bamboo People

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Mitali Bose Perkins was born in Kolkata, India. Her name means "friendly" in Bangla, and she had to try and live up to it because the Bose family moved so often--they lived in India, Ghana, Cameroon, London, New York City, and Mexico City before settling in the San Francisco Bay Area when Mitali was in middle school.
Mitali studied political science at Stanford University and public policy at UC Berkeley, and survived academia thanks to a steady diet of kids' books from public libraries and bookstores. She went on to teach middle school, high school, and college students. She lived in India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and California with her husband and twin sons before moving to Newton, Massachusetts, where the Perkins family lives now.
Mitali's books include Monsoon Summer (Delacorte), The Not-So-Star-Spangled Life of Sunita Sen (Little, Brown), and First Daughter: Extreme American Makeover (Dutton).
Mitali is also an avid blogger. Visit her at to think, chat, and learn about life between cultures.

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Mitali Perkins is the author of several novels for children, including SECRET KEEPER, the First Daughter series, RICKSHAW GIRL, MONSOON SUMMER, and THE NOT SO STAR-SPANGLED LIFE OF SUNITA SEN. She lives in California.