A Bit of Earth by Karuna Riazi

A Bit of Earth

Karuna Riazi

368 pages first pub 2023 (editions)

fiction contemporary middle grade challenging emotional reflective medium-paced


A BIT OF EARTH, told in a hybrid of verse and prose, pitched as a contemporary retelling of THE SECRET GARDEN starring a rebellious girl of Bangladeshi and Pakistani descent who finds herself shipped off to a white family on Long Island after losi...

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Community Reviews Summary of 12 reviews


emotional 75%
hopeful 62%
inspiring 37%
reflective 37%
adventurous 12%
lighthearted 12%
mysterious 12%
relaxing 12%
tense 12%


medium 75%
fast 25%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 57% | A mix: 42%

Strong character development?

Yes: 83% | N/A: 16%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 83% | It's complicated: 16%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 83% | N/A: 16%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 100%

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