Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

Artichoke Hearts

Written by Sita Brahmachari

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Selected by a distinguished independent panel of experts including our editorial expert, Julia Eccleshare, for Diverse Voices - 50 of the best Children's Books celebrating cultural diversity in the UK.

Shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize 2011

A welter of emotions engulf Mira in this touching pre-teen story about secrets and how to keep them and share them. Strongly set in a busy family, Mira’s life is full of the ups and downs of family, friends and school; most particularly there is sadness in knowing that her beloved grandmother is dying and happiness as her interest in a mysterious boy in her class blossoms. Mira tells her story with appealing directness.


Artichoke Hearts by Sita Brahmachari

Twelve-year-old Mira comes from a chaotic, artistic and outspoken family where it's not always easy to be heard. As her beloved Nana Josie's health declines, Mira begins to discover the secrets of those around her, and also starts to keep some of her own. She is drawn to mysterious Jide, a boy who is clearly hiding a troubled past and has grown hardened layers - like those of an artichoke - around his heart. As Mira is experiencing grief for the first time, she is also discovering the wondrous and often mystical world around her. An incredibly insightful, honest novel exploring the delicate balance, and often injustice, of life and death - but at its heart is a celebration of friendship, culture - and life.


Artichoke Hearts was recommended in the Guardian Book Doctor column (written by Julia Eccleshare) as a book that featured a South Asian protagonist.

About the Author

Sita Brahmachari

Sita Brahmachari was born in Derby in 1966 to an Indian doctor from Kolkata and an English nurse from the Lake District. She has a BA in English Literature and an MA in Arts Education. Her many projects and writing commissions have been produced in theatres, universities, schools and community groups throughout Britain and America. Sita lives and works in North London with her husband and three children. Sita's debut novel, ARTICHOKE HEARTS, won the 2011 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize , was nominated for the Carnegie Medal no less than three times and selected for the Booked Up Scheme. She has published six books for children and the most recent, RED LEAVES, was endorsed by Amnesty International. Sita lives in London.

Photo credit Martin Levenson.

Click here to read an interview with Sita Brahmachari.

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336 pages


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Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan

Publication date

7th January 2011




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