Awards etc.

Reviews, Honors and Awards for Padma Venkatraman’s Books
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* Winner, WNDB Walter Dean Myers Award for young readers

* Winner, SCBWI Golden Kite Award for middle grade fiction

* Malka Penn Award Honor Book

* Nerdy Book Award Winner

* Cybil Awards Finalist

* ALA Notable Book

* ALSC Notable Audiobook

* Notable Book for a Global Society (ILA NGBS)

* Kirkus Best MG Bks 2019

* NYPL Best 2019

* Chicago Public Library Best Bks 2019

* Booklist Editor’s Choice Best Bks 2019

* Washington Post Best Bks 2019

* Mighty Girl Best Bks 2019

* TX Bluebonnet award nominee

* SLJ Top 10 Audio Bks 2019

* Bklist Editor’s Choice Best Audio 2019

* Jr Library Guild audio selection

* CSMCL Best Bks 2019

* GoodReads Best MG Bks 2019

*Audiophile Magazine Earphone Award

* Washington Post KidPost Summer Reading Selection

* Global Read Aloud, 2019

* ProjectLIT, 2019-20

* Ebony Teach Best Books 2019

* Betsy Bird’s 31 MG titles in SLJ

* Mighty Girl pick

* Today Show

* “a blisteringly beautiful book” – Starred Review, Kirkus

* “absorbing” – Starred Review, Booklist

* “stellar” – Starred Review, SLJ

* “a story that must be shared.” – Starred Review, SLC

*  “exquisitely narrated” – Starred Review, PW

* “moving” – Sound Commentary, Starred Review

* Venkatraman brings love, support and humor to a story undergirded by tough issues” – SLJ audio, Starred Review

* “beautifully rendered” – SF Chronicle

* “gorgeous storytelling” – NYT Book Review

* “will break hearts and inspire activist longings” – BCCB

* “this bittersweet novel is about breaking the cycle of abuse, reaching for your dreams and finding home ” – Horn Book

* “an amazing book” – Newsday


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“Spiritually uplifting” – Starred review, Booklist

“magnificently strong” – Starred review, VOYA

“exceptional” – Starred Review, SLJ

“beautiful” – Starred Review, Kirkus

“Heart- achingly hopeful and beautifully written.” – Starred Review, BCCB

“powerful depiction of a teen girl struggling to recover from an accident”                           – Chicago Tribune

“Sure to go on my favorites list” – Denver Post

“Loved this book” – Newsday

“dazzles & delights…beautifully written” – Providence Journal


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“vivifies a unique era and culture as it movingly expresses how love and hope can blossom even under the most dismal of circumstances” – Starred review, PW

“an intricate and convincing backdrop of a conservative Brahmin home in a time of change”– Starred review, Booklist

“will capture the imaginations of many readers”- Starred review, VOYA

“a compelling story”- Lynda Brill Comerford, Publishers Weekly, “Flying Start”

“Thought-provoking and deeply moving.”- Booksense, Notable Citation

“will appeal to an international audience”- Michelle Reale, India Currents

“ [A] fine, often heart-breaking novel”- Sam Coale, The Providence Sunday Journal


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“enticing blend of mystic tradition & imaginative speculation” – Starred review, PW

“succeeds spectacularly” – Starred review, Booklist

“Vividly written and expertly paced” – SLJ, Starred Review

“consistenly engrosses” – Kirkus, Starred Review


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