Author : Niveditha Subramaniam and Sowmya Rajendran
Illustrator : Niveditha Subramaniam
An engaging journey into the mind of a 12-year-old. With everyday dilemmas to questions of gender stereotyping and popular culture, 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|
Meet Mayil Ganeshan, 12 going on spirited 13, who finally has her chance to say all she wants. But the diary for her 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. So she begins. What she gives is a spontaneous, sensitive, honest, intimate and often hilarious peek into the life and mind of an insightful young girl. The Mayil that emerges is as lovable and recognisable as the delightful sketches she presents of her Amma, Appa, brother, grandfather and friends. Mayil has all the confusion and confidence of adolescence as she faces the everyday dilemmas of young people, as well as questions of gender stereotyping all around – from Ramayana stories to Rajnikanth movies. With enough to keep head, heart and funny bone tickled and happy, this is a must-read coming of age book by two highly talented young writers that will strike a chord with all who read it – pre-teen, teen and older.