Chandra Prasad
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Chandra Prasad

ATTENTION ENGLISH/ELA TEACHERS: My YA novel DAMSELFLY is an increasingly popular read in middle and high schools across the country. Damselfly can be read as a stand-alone novel or in tandem with Lord of the Flies as a modern parallel text. The book grapples with modern issues that are relatable to today’s teens: bullying, racism, social media connectivity, and mental illness, among others. Resources for educators can be found at chandraprasad.com/damselfly. Complimentary signed bookplates and bookmarks available. Write to the author at www.chandraprasad.com/damselfly/contact/ to learn about class/author Q&A sessions via videoconferencing! AUTHOR BIO I’m thrilled to introduce my first YA novel, Damselfly, published by Scholastic in 2018. A resident of the Constitution State, Connecticut, I’ve also written a number of award-winning novels that both YA and adult readers may enjoy. These include On Borrowed Wings, a historical drama set in early 20th century New Haven; Breathe the Sky, a fictionalized account of Amelia Earhart’s last days; and Death of a Circus, which Booklist calls “Richly textured [and] packed with glamour and grit.” I’m the originator and editor of, and a contributor to Mixed, an anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience, which was published to international acclaim by W.W. Norton. Today, in our irrefutably diverse country, Mixed is used in many high school and college English classes. My shorter works, including poems and nonfiction, have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, the official magazine of The U.S. Department of State, Teen Voices, and numerous literary and arts magazines. I also have a short story in Amy Bloom’s terrific anthology New Haven Noir. A graduate of Yale and a Fellow at one of Yale's residential colleges, I’m currently working on additional YA novels. I’ve realized YA is probably my favorite genre—an appealing cross between the most ambitious children’s fiction and the most absorbing adult lit.
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