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BETHANY HEGEDUS’ novels include Truth with a Capital T and Between Us Baxters. Both were named Bank Street Best Books of the Year, with Between Us Baxters garnering a star for outstanding recognition. Her debut picture book Grandfather Gandhi, (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster) co-authored with Arun Gandhi, grandson of the Mahatma, and illustrated by Evan Turk received numerous starred reviews and is a Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2015, Notable Books for a Global Society 2015, a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2014, a Texas Bluebonnet Master List book, and one of New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing.
Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story releases August 30, 2016 from Atheneum/Simon & Schuster.

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BE THE CHANGE (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2016)
Picture Book

In this breathtaking companion to the award-winning Grandfather Gandhi, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, tells a poignant, personal story of the damage of wastefulness, gorgeuously illustrated by Evan Turk.

At Grandfather Gandhi’s service village, each day is filled, from sunrise to sunset, with work that is done for the good of all. The villagers vow to live simply and non-violently. Arun Gandhi tries very hard to follow these vows, but he struggles with one of the most important rules: not to waste.

How can throwing away a worn-down pencil hurt anyone? How can wastefulness lead to violence? With the help of his grandfather, Arun learns how every wasteful act, no matter how small, affects others. And in time he comes to understand the truth of his grandfather’s words: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.


GRANDFATHER GANDHI (Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2014)
Picture Book

With Bethany Hegedus, Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace.


TRUTH WITH A CAPITAL T (Random House Children's Books)
Middle Grade Novel

“This novel does an excellent job exploring the dynamics of blended families and issues of race in a small town while sensitively addressing common adolescent themes of growing up, fitting in, and feeling special…the plot moves along well and the characters Maebelle and Isaak are especially charming.” —Publishers Weekly


Middle Grade/Young Adult Novel

“The connection between the two girls and their families is beautifully described and believable, and the richness of the characters is apparent. The pacing of the story is deliberate and suspenseful with twists and turns that add to the bittersweet conclusion.” —School Library Journal