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Nidhi Chanani is a freelance illustrator, cartoonist and writer. Born in Calcutta and raised in suburban Southern California, she creates because it makes her happy—with the hope that it can make others happy too. Her debut graphic novel, "Pashmina," received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, was a JLG Selection, a YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novel for Teens and was reviewed in The New York Times, among other honors. She has a number of other comics and picture books out in the world as well, including "Binny's Diwali," "Jukebox" and "What Will My Story Be?" Her new book is "Super Boba Café." Chanani draws and dreams every day with her husband, kid and their kittens in the San Francisco Bay Area.