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Author : Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator : Niveditha Subramaniam
Meet Mayil Ganeshan, 12 going on spirited 13, who finally has her chance to say all she wants – in her diary. But this is also an important step towards becoming 'Mayilwriter', to make up for all the stories she hasn't completed and the novel that didn't know where it was going. What she gives is a spontaneous, sensitive, honest, intimate and often hilarious peek into the life and mind of an insightful young girl with all the confusion and confidence of adolescence. With enough to keep head, heart and funny bone tickled and happy, this is a must-read coming of age book.
2015: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi
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|Specifications||104 pages; 8.5” x 5.5”; black & white; soft cover|
|Awards||2015: Bal Sahitya Puraskar, Sahitya Akademi | 2011: Children's Honorary Shortlist, Economist-Crossword Book Award|
|Tags||growing up, diary, young girl's thoughts, family, gender, popular culture, book for pre-teens and older|
Sensitive and a funny coming-of-age story
The authors, Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran, use Mayil’s disarmingly frank first person view to paint vivid pictures of the characters and they excel in their rendering of Mayil’s family. The authors have also managed to touch upon several important issues but do it deftly and unobtrusively through the characters and the situations. Young India Books
“Mayil Will Not Be Quiet” is comfortingly real as it delicately brings out the problems and hopes of a pre-teen... At 12, going on 13, she fills her diary with doodles, hopes, rants and problems of a pre-teen, with doses of humour that leave you nostalgic. After all, we've all written them in our diaries too… The Hindu
Quirky, Compelling and memorable!
The book will have you nodding away, laughing and contemplating. Since it is in first person, as it is a journal and like in a real diary, it is spontaneous , sometimes brief and sometimes elaborate and often irregular. Like anyone's childhood, the book is quirky, charming, peppered with dilemma and drama and bitter sweet moments. Saffron Tree