Actor and “30 Rock” alum Maulik Pancholy keenly remembers that being a middle school student can be tough.
While researching the book, Pancholy read lots of novels intended for middle school-age kids and also talked to educators about what life is like for preteens today.
That work also inspired Pancholy in 2016 to co-found the anti-bullying campaign Act to Change, which builds on the work the commission began.
“There seemed to be a sense of just ‘put your head down and do your work and don’t worry about what other people are saying.’ But that definitely doesn’t work,’” Pancholy said.
Throughout the book, Rahul becomes worried about things like the stove accidentally being left on or the danger of unlocked doors in the middle of the night.