The story focuses on Rana and her family, who have just moved to town and are still getting settled. Mom and Dad have planned a trip, and Dad’s parents are coming from India to baby-sit. Rana dislikes her grandmother’s foreign ways and spicy cooking, and her newly adopted kitten with a penchant for pouncing on countertops and licking food doesn’t improve their relationship. Finally, friends from school (including Jenny from the first book) give Rana advice on training her pet, and Grandma’s appreciation helps to heal the rift. A solid choice for beginning chapter-book readers or as a primary-grade read aloud.