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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 5 novels, BORN BEHIND BARS, THE BRIDGE HOME, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were released to multiple starred reviews (22 as of 8/30/21), and won numerous honors and awards (e.g. WNDB Walter Award 2020; SCBWI Golden Kite Award 2020; Paterson Prize; Julia Ward Howe Young Readers Award; South Asia Book Award; ALA, IRA Notable; Booklist, Kirkus, NYPL, Yalsa BBYA; CCBC choice; IBBY outstanding etc.). Her latest novel, BORN BEHIND BARS, a JLG selection, is available for order. She provides keynote addresses and commencement speeches, travels to internationa ...more

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I guess there are points of entry for me into my characters, but I feel like they're different people
Uido in Island's End is way out - e…more
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I guess there are points of entry for me into my characters, but I feel like they're different people
Uido in Island's End is way out - except we share the fact that we were both leaders and female...
Kabir is a different gender - he's a boy - so totally different in many ways - but I hope I'm as kind as he is in BORN BEHIND BARS
Veda dances like I wish I could... some of the thoughts/ questions about spirituality in the Vedanta Hindu tradition in A TIME TO DANCE are reflective of my Hindu heritage and belief systems to a degree
The kids in THE BRIDGE HOME are based on people I knew, not me
Vidya in Climbing the Stairs is probably closest to my experience and my spunkiness(less)
Padma Venkatraman My compass is compassion. I hope my work - my words - my books and writing will help increase mutual understanding and respect and empathy. That hope …moreMy compass is compassion. I hope my work - my words - my books and writing will help increase mutual understanding and respect and empathy. That hope keeps me going.(less)
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The Bridge Home

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A Time to Dance

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Climbing the Stairs

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Island's End

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Born Behind Bars

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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

“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

“I want to tell the nurses no scale can measure
the pain of my dreams
dancing
beyond reach.”
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.
Stacy


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