We asked some people who we know read a lot of Indian children’s and YA books to tell us about one (or more) really impressive book they read this year. We will be posting their replies over the rest of the month.
Andaleeb Wajid is an author of books for adults and young adults.
No. 9 on the Shade Card by Kavitha Mandanna (Red Turtle)
Kavitha’s protagonist is a sports loving, feisty young girl who wins trophies on the field and disapproval from her grandmother because all that time in the sun is turning her dark. It’s a warm story that addresses these issues and yet it never really lingers in a pedantic fashion. Loved it for the authentic voice and the deftly shaded grandmother-granddaughter relationship.