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Chandra Prasad


Chandra Prasad

Chandra Prasad is thrilled to introduce her first YA novel, DAMSELFLY, published by Scholastic in 2018. A resident of the Constitution State, Connecticut, she has 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.”

Chandra is 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 this irrefutably diverse country, MIXED is used in many high school and college English classes.

Her 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. She also has 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, Chandra is currently working on additional YA novels. She has realized YA is probably her favorite genre --- an appealing cross between the most ambitious children’s fiction and the most absorbing adult lit.

In her spare time, Chandra likes to hang out with her family, including her husband and two kids, read, travel, learn new things, cater to her pets and work on creative projects that include the use of power tools, Elmer’s glue, PVC pipes, pipe cleaners, marshmallows and imagination.

Chandra Prasad

Books by Chandra Prasad

by Chandra Prasad - Adventure, Fiction

Samantha Mishra opens her eyes and discovers she's alone and injured in the thick of a jungle. She has no idea where she is, or what happened to the plane taking her and the rest of the Drake Rosemont fencing team across the Pacific for a tournament. Once Sam connects with the others, they set up shelter and hope for rescue. But as the days pass, the teens realize they're on their own, stranded on an island with a mysterious presence that taunts and threatens them. Soon Sam and her companions discover they need to survive more than the jungle... they need to survive each other.