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FOR YA READERS: "Split" by Swati Avasthi

Split (2010) by Swati Avasthi

Knopf Books for Young Readers

~ 2011 International Reading Association Award

~ 2010 Cybils Award

~ 2010 Silver Parent's Choice Award

~ New Mexico State Book Award.

~ Buy this book and others written by Swati Avasthi from my favorite book store: Red Balloon Bookshop

~ So that all parents can make informed decisions for their own children, please read Reviews here.

Ms. Avasthi is a graduate adjunct at Hamline University's MFAC program, and I am so honored to know her. She has taught me so, so much! She is also incredibly kind, a light in this world!


What a masterfully written book by my dear friend, Swati Avasthi. She has given us a riveting story about two brothers, Jace and Christian, who have escaped a violent home where they, along with their mother, suffered physical and mental abuse from their father. Not only are they haunted by their own emotional scars, these boys live in fear for their mother who promises she will follow them soon. Ms. Avasthi has written complex characters who are embedded in complex circumstances. The choices they must make require cognizance and courage. Jace and Christian will stay with you long after you put this book down.

Daisy Rain Martin has spent over 25 years in the classroom and has managed to preserve her sanity—mostly. Actually, she feels quite blessed to be doing what she loves. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (1990), a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction (2004) as well as a Master of Fine Arts in writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota (2021).

In the summers, you can find Daisy in her gardens with her husband or in her office writing. As often as she can, though, she loves spending time with her grandbaby, Wiggle, who was born on her birthday and her grandniece, Giggle, who was born on Christmas Eve. Truly, she writes for them.

If you are interested in having Daisy speak for your school district, provide professional development for your staff, or visit your school to talk to students, please contact her through this website.

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