Review: In the Key of Nira Ghani – Natasha Deen

In the Key of Nira Ghani - Natasha Deen

Adolescence is a difficult time. The pressure to fit in – wear the right clothes; say the right things; be popular; be smart; be true to yourself, but don’t be weird. And don’t forget the hormones. Add to that a traditional family from another culture, and you’ve got all the makings of Natasha Deans’ modern-day coming of age story, In the Key of Nira Ghani (Running Press Teens). Although there is something routine about the coming of age story, Nira and her family are immigrants to Canada from Guyana, and the addition of both Guyanese cultural elements and life as immigrants in a new country add to the complexity of Nira’s experience.

Green Gables Heritage Place, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Green Gables, Prince Edward Island, Canada

Green Gables Heritage Place, in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, is the heart of a tourist industry related exclusively to local author, Lucy Maud Montgomery, and her novels – most notably, Anne of Green Gables (and the seven books that followed). Located within the farmhouse that inspired Anne’s Avonlea home, the Green Gables Heritage Place has been furnished with period settings and items reminiscent of the books, such as a black shawl for Marilla, and a brown dress with puffed sleeves for Anne.