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Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame

 | Book Awards 2022 | Writings for Young Adults

Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame

Full Title: Strong as Fire, Fierce as Flame

Author: Supriya Kelkar
Publisher: Scholastic India

Award Category: Writings for Young Adults
About the Book: 

1857 AD, British India. Thirteen-year-old Meera is on the run, escaping a life and a death she has no say in, while Indian soldiers rebel against their British commanders in the freedom struggle. As she finds her strength and confidence, she must choose between helping the cause of the mutiny for the greater future of the country, and her plans for her own secure future. Will she be as strong and fierce as fire as she writes her own destiny?

About the Author: 

Born and raised in the Midwest, Supriya Kelkar learned
Hindi as a child by watching three Bollywood films a
week. Now she works in the film industry as a Bollywood
screenwriter and has credits on one Hollywood film and
several Hindi films. The award-winning book Ahimsa,
inspired by her great-grandmother’s role in the Indian
freedom movement, was her debut middle grade novel.
Her other books include American as Paneer Pie and That
Thing About Bollywood. Learn more at


My father taught the village boys right outside our
little earthen home, but I wasn’t a boy, so I didn’t get
to learn. That didn’t stop me from trying, though. I sat
high up in the tree at the end of our front yard, peering
through the rubbery green leaves as my father started
the school day like he always did: by writing the date
on the black writing slate in his hand.
The boys, sitting cross-legged on the ground, copied
the date on their slates. Although I couldn’t read what
was written, I knew what the day was before Babuji said
it. Because in three days it was my thirteenth birthday,
and my mother had been talking about it for weeks.

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