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About Sona Charaipotra
The author of the YA doc dramedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra is not a doctor — much to her pediatrician parents’ chagrin. They were really hoping she’d grow up to take over their practice one day. Instead, she became a writer, working as a celebrity reporter at People and (the dearly departed) TeenPeople magazines, and contributing to publications from the New York Times to TeenVogue. These days, she uses her Masters in screenwriting from NYU and her MFA in creative writing from the New School to poke plot holes in her favorite teen TV shows, like Riverdale — for work, of course. She’s the co-founder of CAKE Literary, a boutique book packaging company with a decidedly diverse bent, and the co-author (with Dhonielle Clayton) of the YA dance dramas Tiny Pretty Things and Shiny Broken Pieces, as well as the upcoming psychological thriller The Rumor Game. Next up for Sona: How Maya Got Fierce (Imprint/Macmillan, 2021), pitched as the Bold Type meets Younger, in which a 17-year-old California farm girl accidentally scores her dream job at a hip NYC magazine. The only problem? They think she's 26. Sona is a proud We Need Diverse Books team member. Find her sharing pictures of her kids and her chai on Instagram @sonesone2, and talking writing and books on Twitter @sona_c.
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Now a Netflix TV show! Featuring a diverse cast of characters, plenty of gossip, lies, and scandal, Shiny Broken Pieces continues with the soapy drama readers loved in Tiny Pretty Things.
June, Bette, and Gigi are competing one final time for a spot at the prestigious American Ballet Company. With the stakes higher than ever, these girls have everything to lose…and no one is playing nice.
June is starting to finally see herself as a prima ballerina. But being the best could mean sacrificing the love of her life. Legacy dancer Bette is determined to clear her name after she was suspended and accused of hurting her rival, Gigi. And Gigi is not going to let Bette—or the other dancers who bullied her—go unpunished.
It all comes down to this last dance. Who will make the cut? And who will lose her dream forever?
Now a Netflix TV show! Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.
From the New York Times-bestselling author of The Belles, Dhonielle Clayton, and the author of the acclaimed Symptoms of a Heartbreak, Sona Charaipotra.
Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet-star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever.
When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.
Don’t miss the gossip, lies, and scandal that continues in Tiny Pretty Things’ gripping sequel, Shiny Broken Pieces!
Star-crossed lovers, meddling immortals, feigned identities, battles of wits, and dire warnings: these are the stuff of fairy tale, myth, and folklore that have drawn us in for centuries.
Fifteen bestselling and acclaimed authors reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia in short stories that are by turns enchanting, heartbreaking, romantic, and passionate.
Compiled by We Need Diverse Books’s Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman, the authors included in this exquisite collection are: Renée Ahdieh, Sona Charaipotra, Preeti Chhibber, Roshani Chokshi, Aliette de Bodard, Melissa de la Cruz, Julie Kagawa, Rahul Kanakia, Lori M. Lee, E. C. Myers, Cindy Pon, Aisha Saeed, Shveta Thakrar, and Alyssa Wong.
A mountain loses her heart. Two sisters transform into birds to escape captivity. A young man learns the true meaning of sacrifice. A young woman takes up her mother’s mantle and leads the dead to their final resting place.
From fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge, these stories will beguile readers from start to finish. For fans of Neil Gaiman’s Unnatural Creatures and Ameriie’s New York Times–bestselling Because You Love to Hate Me.
From Amy Reed, Ellen Hopkins, Amber Smith, Nina LaCour, Sandhya Menon, and more of your favorite YA authors comes an “outstanding anthology” (School Library Connection) of essays that explore the diverse experiences of injustice, empowerment, and growing up female in America.
This collection of twenty-one essays from major YA authors—including award-winning and bestselling writers—touches on a powerful range of topics related to growing up female in today’s America, and the intersection with race, religion, and ethnicity. Sure to inspire hope and solidarity to anyone who reads it, Our Stories, Our Voices belongs on every young woman’s shelf.
This anthology features essays from Martha Brockenbrough, Jaye Robin Brown, Sona Charaipotra, Brandy Colbert, Somaiya Daud, Christine Day, Alexandra Duncan, Ilene Wong (I.W.) Gregorio, Maurene Goo. Ellen Hopkins, Stephanie Kuehnert, Nina LaCour, Anna-Marie LcLemore, Sandhya Menon, Hannah Moskowitz, Julie Murphy, Aisha Saeed, Jenny Torres Sanchez, Amber Smith, and Tracy Walker.
From some of the most exciting bestselling and up-and-coming YA authors writing today…journey from Ecuador to New York City and Argentina to Utah…from Australia to Harlem and India to New Jersey…from Fiji, America, Mexico and more… Come On In.
With characters who face random traffic stops, TSA detention, customs anxiety, and the daunting and inspiring journey to new lands…who camp with their extended families, dance at weddings, keep diaries, teach ESL…who give up their rooms for displaced family, decide their own answer to the question “where are you from?” and so much more… Come On In illuminates fifteen of the myriad facets of the immigrant experience, from authors who have been shaped by the journeys they and their families have taken from home—and to find home.
"Doogie Howser, M.D. meets The Fault in Our Stars in this tender romcom." —Teen Vogue
The youngest doctor in America, an Indian-American teen makes her rounds—and falls head over heels—in Sona Charaipotra's contemporary romantic comedy Symptoms of a Heartbreak.
Sixteen-year-old Saira has always juggled family, friendships, and her Girl Genius celebrity. Now, as the youngest med school graduate ever, she can finally achieve her mission to treat young people dealing with cancer.
But proving herself in life-or-death situations is tough when everyone from her boss to her patients can't see past her age to trust her skills. And working in the same hospital as her mom isn't making things any easier!
Life gets even more complicated when Saira falls for a teenage patient. To improve his chances, she risks her lifelong dream—and it could cost her everything.
In her solo debut, Sona Charaipotra brings us a compelling #ownvoices protagonist who’s not afraid to chase what she wants. Symptoms of a Heartbreak goes from romantic comedy highs to tearjerker lows and is the ultimate cure-all for every reader needing an infusion of something heartfelt.
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"Fans of YA contemporary don't want to miss this one." —Buzzfeed
Cuando cada bailarina es amiga y rival, ellas sacrifican, manipulan y hacen lo que sea para llegar a ser las mejores.
El libro en que se basa la serie de Netflix.
June, Bette y Gigi lo han sacrificado todo para ser alumnas de la escuela de ballet más prestigiosa de Manhattan. Ahora compiten entre ellas para formar parte del cuerpo de danza más importante en la prestigiosa Compañía American Ballet.
Después de años de agotadoras audiciones, bailes y corazones rotos, todo depende de este último baile. ¿Quién lo conseguirá? Y ¿quién perderá su sueño para siempre?
«Misterio y cotilleos a partes iguales, esta novela es fascinante y muy emocionante. Un thriller adictivo.»
«La acción no se detiene en esta escandalosa secuela. A los que adoraron Tiny Pretty Things. Dulces, perfctas y malvadas, no decepciona.»
Ellas son dulces y perfectas, pero pueden ser muy malvadas.
El libro en que se basa la serie de Netflix.
Gigi, Bette y June son tres buenas estudiantes de la exclusiva escuela de ballet Manhattan. Gigi es un espíritu libre que solo desea bailar, pero hacerlo podría poner en riesgo su vida. Bette es una chica de buena familia de Nueva York que simplemente quiere huir de la sombra de su hermana, una superestrella del ballet. Y June, la perfeccionista, necesita conseguir un buen papel este año o su controladora madre terminará con sus sueños de ser bailarina.
«Un libro adictivo con alma.»
«Este tentadora vision del mundo del ballet está llena de detalles y drama.»
«Un precioso ejemplo de diversidad.»
In How Maya Got Fierce by Sona Charaipotra, The Bold Type meets Younger when a teen who gets her dream job at a fashion magazine, despite being only seventeen.
Maya dreams of working in magazines. But as the daughter of garlic farmers, her path is set: it’s off to Cow Camp instead. But when she ends up in the New York City area and realizes her cousin's girlfriends works at Maya's favorite magazine - Fierce - an opportunity falls in her lap to intern. It's her dream job, and she can't pass it up, even if means disappointing her family and lying to her parents.
The only problem? Maya hasn't accepted an internship. She's accepted a full time job, as a staff writer, and everyone at Fierce thinks she's 26.
Maya is so close to making her dreams come true, even if the glam life at Fierce isn’t quite as shiny and fun as she hoped. But when she suggests the perfect candidate for a big story—and manages to get the scoop—all eyes are on her. How long can she keep her real age from her boss—and her real life from her parents?
Ogni volteggio, ogni salto, ogni ruolo ti avvicina all'obiettivo, ti ricorda che il balletto e il battito del tuo cuore sono una cosa sola. Le scarpe da punta ti sollevano, ti elevano sopra tutto e tutti, rendendoti priva di peso: eterea. È così che dovrebbe essere una ballerina. Io voglio esserlo. Devo esserlo. E ho fatto qualsiasi cosa per riuscirci. O quasi.
Non ci sono amici, non ci sono nemici, ciò che conta è danzare meglio di chiunque altro, raggiungere la vera perfezione a qualunque costo.
Die Ballettakademie im Herzen Manhattans ist eine der besten des Landes. Den jungen Tänzerinnen wird einiges abverlangt. Für die ehrgeizige Bette kein Problem. Schließlich gilt es, ihrer Schwester nachzueifern, einer berühmten Ballerina. Ganz anders die freigeistige Giselle, die zwar immer nur tanzen wollte, auf das harte Training aber wenig Lust hat. Die perfektionistische June schließlich gibt immer alles – und es reicht doch nie so ganz. Als die Nussknacker-Aufführung bevorsteht, geraten die drei in einen erbitterten Konkurrenzkampf: Wer von ihnen wird die Rolle der Primaballerina bekommen? Doch nur eine ist bereit, alles dafür zu tun, wirklich alles ...