Nikhil Out Loud


Author: Maulik Pancholy


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13-year-old Nikhil Shah is the beloved voice actor for Raj Reddy on the hit animated series Raj Reddy in Outer Space. But his life is turned upside down when his mom moves them from NYC to the small town in Ohio where she grew up to take care of Nikhil’s sick grandfather. Nikhil now feels as out of orbit as his character. First, everyone makes a big deal of him and he’s asked to star in the school musical — even though he fears performing in public, then he outs himself when the school’s paper interviews him, leading to a group of conservative parents protesting him being in the play. As if that weren’t enough, he’s afraid his voice is starting change — which could mean the end of his job playing Raj. Real life is a lot tougher than TV — and there’s no commercial breaks! Your young stars will relate to Nikhil’s struggle to adapt as life seems to change all around him! .

Ages 8–12. 320pp