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About the Author

SJ Sindu is a Tamil diaspora writer whose works include the novels Marriage of a Thousand Lies (winner of the Publishing Triangle Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction and an ALA Stonewall Honor Book) and Blue-Skinned Gods (finalist for a Lambda Literary Award) as well as the graphic novel Shakti, the short story collection The Goth House Experiment, and the chapbooks I Once Met You But You Were Dead and Dominant Genes. Sindu holds a PhD in English and creative writing from Florida State University and is an assistant professor of creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University. More at

NABI H. ALI est un illustrateur tamoul américain qui aime créer des oeuvres diverses mettant en valeur tout un éventail de peuples et de cultures. Son intérêt pour le dessin s'est manifesté lorsqu'il a réalisé qu'il avait un rôle à jouer dans la représentation des minorités dans les arts et les médias. Nabi est passionné par le fait de travailler avec des personnages qu'il aurait aimé voir lui-même lorsqu'il était enfant.

Lush and bright oil paint and graphite illustrations tell as much of the story in this graphic novel as the text, as colors and perspective shift to convey moods, memories, or religious context that would be more difficult to capture in Shakti's first-person narration. The mythology and history of the Hindu goddesses are detailed in chapter interludes, giving them their own focus while still incorporating them into Shakti's story. This trim graphic novel offers all the right elements of magic, school struggles, and family negotiations to satisfy young readers. -- The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (starred review)

Ali's richly colored art teems with cultural and naturalistic patterns and texture, and immersive interludes and brief asides provide expansive context into how Shakti's nature-based magic functions. Fiercely courageous characters and a gripping narrative further elevate this exhilarating fantastical adventure. -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Ali's luminous, expressive, jewel-toned illustrations steal the show, highlighting the broadly diverse cast and supernatural happenings. Sindu's protagonist lives up to the meaning of her name, "energy of the universe," as she learns lessons about anger, balance, courage, and compassion. Powerful and enthralling. -- Kirkus Reviews

In Lambda Award-winner Sindu's first graphic novel, myth and magic illuminate a young girl's path to self-awareness. Swirling, richly saturated illustrations by Ali convey captivating magic in both the world of Hindu legend and Shakti's everyday world. Angled panels and dramatic perspectives ramp up tension as Shakti scrambles to undo her inadvertent chaos. This feminist fantasy affirms that all emotions are valid--and valuable--in maintaining a life of balance. -- Booklist

Vibrantly illustrated by Ali, Sindu's debut graphic novel braids Hindu mythology with the importance of family and friendship, -creating an accessible book that will be of interest to many readers. -- School Library Journal