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 4 novels, THE BRIDGE HOME, A TIME TO DANCE, ISLAND’S END and CLIMBING THE STAIRS, were released to multiple starred reviews (2 altogether), 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.). 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.p ...more

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A Time to Dance

4.09 avg rating — 3,234 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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The Bridge Home

4.31 avg rating — 5,070 ratings — published 2019 — 12 editions
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Climbing the Stairs

3.88 avg rating — 2,983 ratings — published 2008 — 14 editions
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Island's End

3.65 avg rating — 340 ratings — published 2011 — 4 editions
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Women Mathematicians

3.60 avg rating — 10 ratings — published 2008
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Double Stars: The Story of ...

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La escalera prohibida

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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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Simple Art of Flying (write-in)
 
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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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