The Bookweaver's Daughter

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The Bookweaver’s Daughter is an #OwnVoices YA fantasy—a tale of magic, Indian lore, and radical female friendship, written by debut author, Malavika Kannan, when she was 17 year old. Malavika is an Indian-American novelist, feminist writer, and political activist raised in the suburbs of Central Florida and currently a freshman at Stanford University.

In the ancient Indian kingdom of Kasmira, stories don’t begin with “once upon a time.” 

Instead, Kasmiris start a woman’s story with those who came before her: her parents, grandparents, ancestors. For fourteen-year-old Reya Kandhari, her story always starts the same: with the fabled line of Bookweavers, tracing centuries back to the lost Yogis—the mythical guardians of Kasmiri culture who created the world itself. As a result, Reya’s entire life has been shaped by words. Words of mystique and mythology. Words of magic that allow her father, the Bookweaver, to bring his stories to life. Words of power that make him the target of tyrants who will stop at nothing to destroy magic in Kasmira.

Living in disguise as a peasant in the fields, Reya’s sole focus is protecting the Bookweaver’s secret. But when her father is taken, Reya must flee deep into the jungle, alone with her best friend Nina and one ancient book. Grappling with Reya’s newfound magic, the two girls find themselves in the center of a war of liberation where magic reigns unchecked, and destiny takes a dark turn. As the stakes get higher, Reya realizes that her father’s legacy contains more power than she ever imagined. For Reya Kandhari is more than just a fugitive—she is a symbol of revolution. And that makes her a threat.

In a tale of magic, Indian lore, and radical female friendship, Reya must pass the final test: the Bookweaver’s daughter must weave her own destiny. The fate of Kasmira depends on it.
The Bookweaver’s Daughter is an #OwnVoices YA fantasy—a tale of magic, Indian lore, and radical female friendship, written by debut author, Malavika Kannan, when she was 17 year old. Malavika is an...

Advance Praise

A version of this story written when Malavika was 13 won the Scholastic Gold Medal.

A version of this story written when Malavika was 13 won the Scholastic Gold Medal.


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The Bookweaver's Daughter is Malavika's debut novel, and it was written when she was seventeen.


This title is an #OwnVoices title, written by an Indian-American young woman. It is a tale set in ancient India, with Indian folklore and mythology woven into the story.


The author has been published in many national publications and websites, including Washington Post, Teen Vogue, Huffpost, Vice, NYLON, Refinery 29, Harper's Bazaar, and the Stanford Daily. She will be using her contacts for potential publicity and blurbs for the title.


A version of this story written when Malavika was 13 won the Scholastic Gold Medal.


The story's main characters are strong young females with an intense female friendship.


Some well-known authors have agreed to read the book, which should result in some blurbs.


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Ads in PW, SLJ, Kirkus, Foreword,


Publicity mailing for reviews


YALSA mailing of ARCs


Signing at ALA with ARC giveaway


Malavika will do school visits and bookstore signings in the Calif. Bay area.

The Bookweaver's Daughter is Malavika's debut novel, and it was written when she was seventeen.


This title is an #OwnVoices title, written by an Indian-American young woman. It is a tale set in...


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