An inventive little girl with a great big heart. To some, she’s a little sassy, but to most, she’s clearly clever with much on her mind. But mostly, she’s just like everyone else. Except that she’s exceptional at the monkey bars. Better than the boys even. Plus, she doesn’t yet know that the things you are made fun of for when you are a kid, are exactly what will make you fly when you’re all grown up.
about THE BOOK
When Anjali finally gets the bike of her dreams on her birthday, she and her two best friends are excited to get matching license plates with their names on it. But Anjali can't find her name. There's Amy, Betsy, Chris, and many more, but no Anjali. To make matters worse, she gets bullied for her different name, and she is so upset she demands to change it. When her parents refuse and she is forced to take matters into her own hands, she winds up learning to celebrate who she is and carry her name with pride and power. A timeless story about appreciating what makes us special and honoring our differences.
about SHEETAL, author
Sheetal Sheth is an acclaimed actress known for her provocative performances in a wide range of memorable roles on film and television. She has starred in over 18 feature films and many TV shows and has earned a loyal following. Perhaps best known to mainstream film audiences for starring opposite Albert Brooks in Warner Bros’ LOOKING FOR COMEDY IN THE MUSLIM WORLD, Sheetal has become a favorite in the independent film world. She won 3 Best Actress nods in the festival circuit for THE WORLD UNSEEN and 1 for her role in WINGS OF HOPE, with the former premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival and then going on to win 11 SAFTA’s (South African equiv to Oscars). In 2012, fans voted her ‘Favorite Movie Actress’ in AfterEllen’s Visibility Awards after raves in the cult fave I CAN'T THINK STRAIGHT. She was recently seen in the HBO documentary EAST OF MAIN STREET: TAKING THE LEAD, USA's DONNY! and the film GRIN (which she also produced) that has been winning awards in the festival circuit including Best Actress. Past TV guest star appearances include BLUE BLOODS, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, ROYAL PAINS, and NIP/TUCK. Sheetal has represented such brands as Reebok and CHI hair care. She was also the first Indian American to be featured in Maxim. She regularly speaks on panels and forums internationally and takes an active interest in politics. She served in President Clinton's AmeriCorps and is currently on the advisory board of Equality Now and an ambassador for The Representation Project. Sheetal has been known to lend a voice to many an animated program, most recently in FAMILY GUY. This is her first children's book. sheetalsheth.com
about LUCIA, illustrator of Bravo Anjali
Lucia Soto was born in a seaside town in northwestern Spain and grew up in a sunny town in the Mediterranean. She has lived in different places and is now based in London, where she lives with her husband and a tiny palm tree. She went to Art School graduating in Design and Plastic Arts and, after a few years working as an Art Director in a busy advertising agency, decided to pursue her lifelong passion for drawing and she has never looked back. She is interested in people and their stories through time and this is a major influence in her work. She finds inspiration in art and illustration from the early 20th century, vintage travel magazines, and the light of the Mediterranean as the landscape of her childhood. Aside from drawing, Lucia loves Julie London, Art Deco, overdressing, and walking everywhere. She spends her days drawing things that are half nonsense and a half all sense, the stuff that makes her life silly and beautiful. luciasoto.com
about JESSICA, illustrator of Always Anjali
Jessica Blank is an illustrator, explorer, and naturalist living in Texas. She attended the Maryland Institute College of Art and Vermont College of Fine Arts for illustration and graphic design. When not drawing, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family. This is her first picture book. jessicablank.com
about MANGO & MARIGOLD PRESS, publisher
Mango & Marigold Press is an award-winning independent publishing house that shares the sweet and savory stories of the South Asian experience. mangoandmarigoldpress.com