Project Description


Child of Spring

by Farhana Zia

Engaging writing and a delightful protagonist bring a 1960s Indian village to life.

Basanta longs for the beautiful ring worn by her young mistress, but when it is finally hers, she realizes that it’s not the wonderful possession she expected. Increasingly aware of the struggles of her less privileged friends, Lali and Bala, she finds a way to improve their lives and entertain their community―and the beautiful ring takes on new meaning.

Farhana Zia’s engaging novel―filled with a cast of distinct, endearing characters and humorous, thought-provoking events―provides an insightful look at relative privilege and opportunity.

Format: Hardcover
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-904-9
Publication Date: 3/1/2016
Page Count: 192
Size: 6″ x 8-1/2″
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-972-8
Age Range: 8 – 12
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 4.2
F&P: GRL U, Gr 5, Genre RF
Lexile: 640L
Themes: Community, Friendship, Gratitude, Jealousy, Privilege
BISAC 1: JUV030020 JUVENILE FICTION / People & Places / Asia
BISAC 2: JUV014000 JUVENILE FICTION / Girls & Women
BISAC 3: JUV039060 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Issues / Friendship


“A sweet, authentic Indian slice of middle-grade life.” ―Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle story about an impulsive child’s growth into a compassionate local citizen.” ―Booklist Online

“A solid, diverse purchase for middle grade collections.” ―School Library Journal

“With strong themes, stunning imagery, and excellent character growth from Basanta…a lovely novel perfect for middle grade readers.” ―YA and Kids Book Central


Parents’ Choice Gold Award ―Parents’ Choice Foundation, 2016

Best Children’s Books of the Year ― Bank Street College of Education, 2017

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Meet the Author

Farhana Zia

Farhana Zia spent her early years in Hyderabad, India. A retired elementary school teacher, her stories blend humor and tradition, memories and contemporary moments. She is the author of the novels The Garden of My Imaan and Child of Spring and the picture books Hot Hot Roti for Dada-ji and Lali’s Feather. She lives in Massachusetts and enjoys reading, writing and making French macarons.