Necklace of Tears (aka Kaneer Malai)
Set in 11th century India, the story is about fifteen-year-old Samudradevi, a merchant sailor’s daughter who never truly feels at home unless she is on a sailboat. Devi awakens to find herself stranded in the middle of the Indian Ocean with only a few provisions for survival—and a mysterious sapphire necklace.
I received a “Letter of Merit” for this work from the SCBWI in 2011.
Janthur has just started learning Stargazing from his father when a group of mysterious Cloudreaders come knocking at the palace gates. Janthur is curious to learn more about Cloudreading, and Lakhni–the head Cloudreader’s daughter–agrees to teach him. But when they work together to interpret the clouds and the stars, every sign they see points to disaster! Will Janthur and Lakhni be able to save the Princess of Pardura in time?
Cloudreader is a middle grade fantasy/mystery novel co-written with my twin sister and based on my travels to Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India.
Matsya is the only girl in New Boston whose gills don’t work. When Matsya is approached by a Darwinist group who believes she will lead humankind back to a life on land, she must decide whether to join them in a life where she isn’t strapped to an oxypack, or stay with her family Below Surface.
I won the 2012 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for this manuscript.