Bravo, Anjali! (Always Anjali #2)

by Sheetal Sheth (Author) Lucia Soto (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Always Anjali

Anjali is back for an encore in this follow-up to Always Anjali! And she isn't going to let anyone make her feel bad for being good at something, especially something she loves.

For Anjali, playing the tabla is something that comes naturally--she loves feeling the drum beneath her fingers and getting lost in the music. She doesn't care that some people say it's an instrument for boys. But she does care when her skills make others treat her differently.

Anjali starts downplaying her talent, and even messes up on purpose. When her teacher announces a music contest, Anjali can't deny her dreams of playing the tabla.

From actor, author, and activist Sheetal Sheth, this second book in the Anjali series is an important message about never dimming your light.

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Sheetal Sheth
Sheetal Sheth is an award-winning actress, producer, author, and activist. She is also the author of the Always Anjali picture-book series and Making Happy. She is known for her provocative performances in a wide range of film and TV roles and for being a fierce advocate of traditionally marginalized communities. She is one of the founders of the nonprofit For the Love of Reading, served in AmeriCorps, and is currently on the board of SAYA and the advisory board of Equality Now. She has had op-eds published on CNN, The Daily Beast,, and Thrive Global. Although she was told she'd have to change her name to work, her successful career has trailblazed paths for other women of color across media. Visit her at

Lucia Soto was born in Spain and is now based in London. She aims her brushes at giving voice to the stories we all need to hear, creating powerful characters with relatable families and strong communities, and surrounding them with colorful worlds lit with the Mediterranean light of her childhood. Visit her at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
January 02, 2024
Always Anjali
BISAC categories
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
JUV011020 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | United States - Asian American
JUV039230 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Bullying
Library of Congress categories

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