by Chandra Prasad
“Chandra Prasad gives us a terrifying, modern-day Lord of the Flies, rendered in exquisite and exacting prose. A brave take on teen cruelty, identity, mixed race experience, class, and survival.” — Marina Budhos, author of Ask Me No Questions
Samantha Mishra opens her eyes and discovers she’s alone and injured in the thick of a jungle. She has no idea where she is, or what happened to the plane taking her and the rest of the Drake Rosemont fencing team across the Pacific for a tournament. Once Sam connects with her best friend, Mel, and they find the others, they set up shelter and hope for rescue. But as the days pass, the teens realize they’re on their own, stranded on an island with a mysterious presence that taunts and threatens them. Soon Sam and her companions discover they need to survive more than the jungle… they need to survive each other.
This taut novel, with a setting evocative of Lord of the Flies, is by turns cinematic and intimate, and always thought-provoking.
Praise for Damselfly:
“Who are we when we are only accountable to ourselves? This bold, deft novel exposes how fragile the world we inhabit really is and what it might take for us to survive.” — Neela Vaswani, co-author of Same Sun Here
About the Author
Damselfly, which will be published by Scholastic in 2018 is Chandra’s first YA Novel.A resident of the Constitution State, Connecticut, she has also written a number of award-winning novels that both YA and adult readers may enjoy. These include On Borrowed Wings, a historical drama set in early 20th century New Haven; Breathe the Sky, a fictionalized account of Amelia Earhart’s last days; and Death of a Circus, which Booklist calls “Richly textured [and] packed with glamour and grit.”Chandra Prasad A graduate of Yale, lives and works in Connecticut. To find out more, visit her online at chandraprasad.com.