The Tiffin by Mahtab Narsimhan
Dancing Cat, 2011, 9781770860391
Interest level: Grades 6 and Up
12-year-old Kunal is anxious to escape his cruel adopted father Seth and the restaurant where he slaves for pittances. Learning the details of his identity, Kunal embarks on a search for his birth mother. Using connections with the dabbawallas, a group of deliverymen who bring lunch tiffins to workers all over Bombay, he arranges to leave a note in one. Kunal is not sure if the tiffin will work – will he succeed?