Thursday, May 26, 2011

YA South Asian Novels

South Asian Heritage Month is an annual celebration in Canada of immigrants from South Asian countries and their cultures. The subcontinent of South Asia is comprised of 9 countries: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Burma, Maldives, Bhutan, and Bangladesh.

In honour of this commemorative occasion, I have made a list of YA novels set in South Asian countries. Enjoy!

Title: Babyji
Author: Abha Dawesar
Publisher: Anchor
Release Date: February 8, 2005
Country: India

Bamboo People
Author: Mitali Perkins
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Release Date: July 1, 2010
Country: Burma

Title: Beneath My Mother's Feet
Author: Amjad Qamar
Publisher: Atheneum
Release Date: June 17, 2008
Country: Pakistan 

Title: Broken Moon
Author: Kim Antieau
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Release Date: February 27, 2007
Country: Pakistan

Title: Climbing the Stairs
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: May 1, 2008
Country: India

Title: Elephant Run
Author: Roland Smith
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: September 25, 2007
Country: Burma

Title: Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
Author: Kashmira Sheth
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: April 1, 2006
Country: India

Title: Life of Pi
Author: Yann Martel
Publisher: Seal Books
Release Date: June 4, 2001
Country: India

Title: Monsoon Summer
Author: Mitali Perkins
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Release Date: April 11, 2006
Country: India

Title: Naming Maya
Author: Uma Krishnaswami
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: April 6, 2004
Country: India

Title: Shabanu
Author: Suzanne Fisher Staples
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Release Date: October 7, 1989
Country: Pakistan

Title: Sold
Author: Patricia McCormick
Publisher: Hyperion
Release Date: September 15, 2006
Country: Nepal & India

Title: Swimming in the Monsoon Sea
Author: Shyam Selvadurai
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: August 14, 2007
Country: Sri Lanka

The Shalmar Code
Author: Mary Louise Clifford
Publisher: Flux
Release Date: September 1, 2006
Country: Pakistan 

Title: Under the Pessimon Tree
Author: Suzanne Fisher Staples
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Release Date: August 8, 2005
Country: Pakistan & Afghanistan


  1. Thank you, so much. I can't tell you how much this means to me. As a South Asian-Canadian blogger, I've noticed that there are not many South Asian YA books in the market. I'm currently reading Swimming in the Moonsoon Sea for school. I plan to read Life of Pi because of recommendation. I am going to slowly work my way through this list. Thank you for honouring these books!

  2. Wow, great roundup! And we've heard fantastic things about BAMBOO PEOPLE, LIFE OF PI, and ELEPHANT RUN. Now we'll have to check out some of these others.

  3. Thanks for making this list! How awesome.

    You should check out 'Carpe Diem' by Autumn Cornwell as well.

  4. Laura, This is a great list. I've added it to my Pinterest Board: South Asian YA Literature. Have a look -- I've pinned some from your site.


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