Devika Rangachari: My Favourite Teen Books of 2018

Devika Rangachari is a medieval historian and award-winning author.

I read a lot of wonderful books this year. Picking three that I particularly liked is a really difficult task but here goes …

Brown Girl Dreaming
by Jacqueline Woodson
Age group: 12+

This is a much-awarded novel in verse that details Woodson’s childhood as an African American in South Carolina and New York in the 1960s. It is a beautifully-written work that has the adolescent Woodson trying to make sense of a bewildering world of racism, segregation, friendships and love.

Year of the Weeds
by Siddhartha Sarma
Age group: 12+

This book is a fictionalised rendition of the Niyamgiri agitation in Odisha, and deconstructs the complex world of and the nexus between the Indian government, bureaucracy and the corporates in simple yet powerful words. The gentle humour that permeates the novel makes it an ever more engrossing read.

No Fixed Address
by Susin Nielsen
Age group: 12+

Felix Knutsson knows that his mother’s decisions are imbalanced and causing them to lead a precarious existence but he fears being separated from her and, therefore, has to keep the facts of his life secret. His travails at the hands of his irresponsible mother is the theme of this interesting young adult novel.


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