YA Historical Fiction about India and the Indian Diaspora

Editor and author Sandhya Nankani writes a brilliant article in the August issue of Multicultural Review about five new young adult novels covering the history of India and Indians in the diaspora:
  • Anila's Journey by Mary Finn (late 18th century) / Candlewick
  • Keeping Corner by Kashmira Sheth (1920s, the rise of Gandhi) / Hyperion
  • Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman (1940s, India's Independence) / Penguin
  • Child of Dandelions by Shenaaz Nanji (1970s, ethnic cleansing in Uganda) / Front Street
  • Secret Keeper by Mitali Perkins (1970s, Indira Gandhi era) / Random House
Full disclosure: Sandhya liked my Secret Keeper. She also asked Fran├žoise Bui, my editor at Delacorte, why we cut an entire half of the first draft of novel, and got a very interesting answer.

Rising Tide: The Boom in Historical Fiction About India and the Indian Diaspora


MissAttitude said…
Thanks for this post! i've been looking for some good YA historical fiction about people of color and now I have 5 new titles to read :)
Color Online said…
What was the answer? I'm going to ask my library if they carry this journal and if they do, I'm going to request that they subscribe.

nisha said…
Yeaaay! so happy for you. Loved 'Secret Keeper.'