Padma Venkatraman is the author of three award-winning, critically acclaimed novels: A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS. All three were released to three or more starred reviews (accruing a total of 12 starred reviews), and all three were ALA/Yalsa Best Books, Booklist Editor’s Choices, and CCBC choices, in addition to winning several other awards (Paterson Prize, Sanoc/SABA, BAC Julia Ward Howe award, ASTAL RI Book of the year etc.) and multiple honors (ALA Notable, Kirkus Best Book, Booklist Best Book, New York Public Library Best Book, Bank Street College of Education Best Book, and so on).
Padma Venkatraman is an American and lives in Rhode Island, USA, with her family. She has participated on panels at Harvard and other universities; was an invited guest at book festivals such as the international PEN World Voices Festival; has provided commencement speeches at schools and keynote addresses at numerous conferences, including at the Caribbean Beach Pen Literary Festival in Trinidad, where she was the chief guest. Her work has been featured nationally and internationally on TV and radio.
Padma Venkatraman turned to writing after obtaining a doctorate in oceanography at the College of William and Mary and conducting post-doctoral research in Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.
“powerful depiction of a teen girl struggling to recover from an accident” – Chicago Tribune
“sure to go on my ‘Favorite Books’ list…will definitely dance its way through your heart as it did mine” – Denver Post
“powerful images and motifs” – The Horn Book
“I loved this book…a love story, tragedy and spiritual read all at once” – Newsday
“…dazzles and delights…beautifully written” – Providence Journal
“Venkatraman deftly shapes readers’ comprehension of physical ability into a new arc of understanding” – Booklist, starred review
“Heart-achingly hopeful…this story will remain with readers long after the final line…” – BCCB, starred review
“A beautiful integration of art, religion, compassion and connection” – Kirkus, starred review
“this exceptional novel…is sure to appeal to readers…” – SLJ, starred review
“this story is magnificently strong” – VOYA, starred review
*5 starred reviews (*BCCB,* Kirkus, * Booklist. * VOYA, * SLJ) *ALA Notable *ALA/YALSA BBYA *Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Books *Booklist Top 10 art bk *CCBC Choices *Crystal Kite Finalist *CSML Best Books *Eliot Rosewater (IN) master list *IBBY Outstanding bk yod *IRA Notable (NBGS) *Julia Ward Howe Boston Authors Club honor bk *Kirkus Best Books *New York Public Library Top 25 *New York City Reads (#NYC365) *Nutmeg Award (CT) master list *Rebecca Caudill (IL) masterlist *Red dot award (Singapore)*Sequoyah (OK) masterlist
* “[Venkatraman]…succeeds spectacularly…Uido is a remarkable heroine…as infused with spirituality as this novel is, there is also heart-stopping action…the larger issues of modernity versus tradition offer much to think about…an intricate yet wholly accessible story” – Booklist, Starred Review
*”a lovely novel…offering an enticing blend of mystic tradition and imaginative speculation, Venkatraman movingly expresses a primitive tribe’s connection to nature and their struggle to find safety in the 21st century” – PW, Starred Review
*”vividly written and expertly paced…a moving story that will stay with readers long after the end” – SLJ, Starred Review
*”consistently engrosses…refreshingly hopeful and beautifully written” – Kirkus, Starred Review
*starred review, Booklist *starred review, Kirkus *starred review, SLJ *starred review, VOYA *Winner, Sanoc/South Asia Book Award *Winner, Paterson Prize *Finalist, Crystal Kite, SCBWI-NE *Finalist, Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe award *ALA/Amelia Bloomer selection *American Library Association (ALA)/ Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) BBYA * Booklist Editor’s Choice/Best Book * Kirkus Best Book * Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice
“[A] fine, often heartbreaking first novel” – The Providence Journal
“..a passionate story…the central theme of the novel, violence and nonviolence, will appeal to an international audience” – India Currents
“…excels in its detailed depiction of a Brahmin girlhood and family life during a time of intense social and political change” – Kirkus Reviews
*Starred Review, Booklist *Starred Review, PW *Starred Review, VOYA *PW Flying Start *ALA BBYA *ALA Amelia Bloomer List citation *Winner, ASTAL Rhode Island Book of the year award *Booklinks Best New Book *Winner, Boston Authors Club Julia Ward Howe award *Booklist Editor’s Choice/Best Books of the Year *Bank Street College of Education Best Book * Capitol Choice *Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice *Children’s Literature Network (CLN) Top 20 *CBC/NCSS (National Council of Social Studies) Notable *NYPL Best Book *Pennsylvania School Library Association (PASLA) Top 40 *Shortlisted for RARI (Reading Across Rhode Island) *Shortlisted for Cybil *Shortlisted for NJ state award *Shortlisted for ME state award *Shortlisted for SC state award *Shortlisted for UT state award *YALSA BBYA