Padma Venkatraman

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American author, Padma Venkatraman, has worked as chief scientist on oceanographic ships and spent time under the sea, directed a school, and lived in 5 countries. Her 3 novels, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were released to multiple starred reviews (12 altogether), and won numerous honors and awards (e.g. ALA, IRA Notable; Booklist, Kirkus, NYPL, Yalsa BBYA; CCBC choice; IBBY outstanding, etc.). She provides keynote addresses and commencement speeches, travels to international author festivals, serves on panels, does author visits and conducts workshops. Visit her at www.padmasbooks.blogspot.com and www.padmavenkatraman.com

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A Time to Dance

4.08 avg rating — 2,735 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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Climbing the Stairs

3.86 avg rating — 2,773 ratings — published 2008 — 14 editions
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Island's End

3.66 avg rating — 324 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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The Bridge Home

4.76 avg rating — 58 ratings — expected publication 2019 — 4 editions
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Women Mathematicians

3.63 avg rating — 8 ratings — published 2008
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“Because friendship is about laughing when the other person is joking to make you feel better. Even if you don’t find her joke all that funny.”
Padma Venkatraman, A Time to Dance

“I want to tell the nurses no scale can measure
the pain of my dreams
dancing
beyond reach.”
Padma Venkatraman, A Time to Dance

“My skin tingles as I step into the music,
give in to the icy thrill of pleasure
that spreads through me whenever I dance,
the pleasure of leaping into a cool lake on a
sweltering day.”
Padma Venkatraman, A Time to Dance

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message 1: by Stacy

Stacy Hi Padma!
I remember you from the NE-SCBWI conference.
I'm glad you found me.
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