A Time to Dance

Nancy Paulsen Books Penguin Random House 978-0-399-25710-0
Nancy Paulsen Books
Penguin Random House

“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


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Paperback edition Penguin Random House 9780147514400
Paperback edition
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Island’s End

Penguin Random House 978-0-399-25099-6

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* “[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


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*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

Climbing the Stairs

 CLIMBING THE STAIRS (paperback cover image)

Penguin Random House      978-0-14-241490-3

“[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


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