For more information about these works, please contact Amy Stern at the Sheldon Fogelman Agency.

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.

Amitha won the 2012 PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award for this manuscript.

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.

Amitha received a “Letter of Merit” for this work from the SCBWI in 2011.

My Teleportation Summer Vacation (working title)

A wacky middle grade murder mystery in space. When creepy space robots mistakenly arrest Veera’s twin sister for a crime she witnessed her first time zapping through space,  Veera, her cousin Sam, Robin the Martian, and floating fuzzball-policeman Poo-ee must solve the crime before all of Earth is obliterated.


A fantasy novel for middle grade readers based on Amitha’s travels to Jantar Mantar an 18th century astronomical observatory in Jaipur, India.

10 Responses to Works-in-Progress

  1. Oh I love these! So glad to meet you (surfed through BYOB from Livia’s site).

  2. Naya G. says:

    I was first introduced to you through #scifichat and, from there, found your website. These stories are so compelling – I cannot wait to hear/read more! Be well, Naya (@mindfulbeauty)

  3. Michelle says:

    Hi Amitha,

    It’s nice to e-meet you. I’m an agent at ICM.

    NECKLACE OF TEARS sounds like my kind of book. I’m a fan of historical YA, and I’d love to take a look when you’re ready to share. Please feel free to email me at — I’d be happy to answer any questions, too.

    Thanks, and happy Wednesday…


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  5. Hi,
    A former Mass. resident, writer/ illustrator, now living in Ireland. Stumbled on your page. Your book ideas sound great. Best of luck with it all. Love to read the “Gills” book when it’s done. Trying to finish stuff myself right now.

  6. All of them sound awesome, but I’m especially interested in Landwalker and Cloudreader. Cloudreading fascinates me and Landwalker has a killer hook line.

  7. Hi Amitha,
    Glad to meet you at CBB last night. I didn’t know that you won the CBC Discovery award last year – that is fantastic and congratulations! Looking forward to reading the Gills book when it comes out. =)

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