By Chandra Prasad
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.
Praise for Damselfly
This taut novel, with a setting evocative of Lord of the Flies, is by turns cinematic and intimate, and always thought-provoking.
"Prasad's [YA] debut is a compelling modern-day adventure... An entertaining choice." -- School Library Journal
"Ethics balance on a knife's edge as the characters make difficult choices and adapt to their new reality... A compulsive read." -- Booklist
"Unseen antagonists and unpredictable plot twists... create a layer of mystery that'll have readers invested until the intriguingly inconclusive end... A fast-paced, heart-stopping tale." -- Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Prasad deftly builds on familiar themes while also exploring issues like race, mental health, and the toxicity of teenage queen bees... A fun and compelling novel, one that is sure to attract a wide range of readers." -- School Library Connection
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Meet Author- Chandra Prasad
I’m the originator and editor of, and a contributor to Mixed, an anthology of short stories on the multiracial experience, which was published to international acclaim by W.W. Norton. Today, in our irrefutably diverse country, Mixed is used in many high school and college English classes.
My shorter works, including poems and nonfiction, have appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Week, the official magazine of The U.S. Department of State, Teen Voices, and numerous literary and arts magazines. I also have a short story in Amy Bloom’s terrific anthology New Haven Noir.
I’m currently working on additional YA novels. I’ve realized that YA is my favorite genre—an appealing cross between the most ambitious children’s fiction and the most absorbing adult lit.