On our list this week is a list of ten Indian YA leads. Thanks to multiple Tumblr users for requesting this list, and a big thanks to our friend Amrutha Ram for helping make sure all the titles had good representation!
A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury takes place in 1947 and follows Tariq, who is caught between his affection for Sikh girl Anupreet and a British girl named Margaret, who could help him study at Oxford.
Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan follows Koly, who is supposed to be getting married. But not everything is going according to plan, and she finds herself on a new path.
The Whole Story of Half a Girl by Veera Hiranandani follows Sonia Nadhamuni, who is thrown into public school for the first time after her father loses his job.
In Shine, Coconut Moon by Neesha Meminger, Sam wants to learn more about her Sikh heritage from her uncle, but her mother worries about what will happen – and ignorant neighbors are more dangerous than anything.
For historical fiction fans, Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman takes place during World War II. Vidya wants to attend college, but when she’s forced to live with her traditional grandparents, her refuge becomes her father’s forbidden upstairs library.
5 to 1 by Holly Bodger takes place in a lightly dystopian India. In 2054, India has a ratio of five boys for every girl, and every boy has a chance to win a wife. Sudasa doesn’t want to become a wife, and Kiran doesn’t want to become a husband, but the tests to match them might show that they want the same thing.
In A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman, Veda lives and breathes dance, but when an accident leaves her an amputee, some think her dreams are shattered, but Veda is determined and starts learning all over again.
Perfect for mystery fans, Vanished by E.E. Cooper follows Kalah, who falls for Beth Taylor – but Beth vanishes. Then their friend Britney dies, and Beth comes back. But Kalah can’t sort out the mystery of why Beth left in the first place, and the person with all the clues is in the coffin.
In Lovetorn by Kavita Daswani, Shanlini’s father gets a new job in L.A., forcing her away from India and the boy she’s been betrothed to since she was three. But a new friend and a new crush might help her get through the transition.
There is definitely a gaping hole in the YA market when it comes to Indian YA leads – there’s not nearly enough!
What books with Indian YA leads would you add to this list? Sound off in the comments below!