The Best You

October 4, 2019
FROM LEFT: LUKE FONTANA; STEPHEN BLUE FOR TIME FOR KIDS

Rahul enters seventh grade on a mission to figure out what he does best. It’s the only thing that can distract him from the boy he can’t stop staring at and the school bully. Or so he thinks. Will joining the math club and playing football make Rahul’s problems disappear?

Maulik Pancholy is the author of The Best at It. He says he and Rahul are similar. “Some things I did go through: being a mathlete, having a best friend, growing up with a large entourage of Indian aunties and uncles,” he told TFK. But Pancholy says there’s one big difference between him and Rahul: “It took me much longer to become cool with who I am.”

Pancholy wishes he’d read a book like this as a kid. “Representation is really important,” he says. “Without it, you start to question your own existence. You start to wonder if your own story has any value.”