Indies Introduce

Young Adult

  • I Kick and I Fly, Ruchira Gupta
    Scholastic Press, 9781338825091, April 18, 2023 (Young Adult)

    “An incredibly immersive, honest, yet YA-appropriate novel based on the real experiences of trafficked young women and those who work to free them. This incredible book manages to offer an uplifting and hopeful story without downplaying the incredibly harsh realities its characters, and the people who inspired them, face. A must-read.”

    - Emily Autenrieth, A Seat at the Table Books, Elk Grove, CA


    “This intense, important novel is a must read for everyone. Gupta brings sex trafficking into stark relief with her debut novel in a way that’s accessible and suitable for teens. Heera is fierce and brave. I love her determination to fight for herself and those she loves. It’s an important message to young girls — and everyone — that they deserve to be safe.”

    - Brandi Stewart, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ



    “This book had me crying AND cheering on the subway. It’s an age-appropriate indictment of global sex trafficking that’s also inspiring and illuminating. I loved Heera’s commitment to her family and friends and her unwillingness to ever give up hope. A powerful story about courage, community, and kicking ass. Highly recommended!”

    - Rebekah Shoaf, Boogie Down Books, Bronx, NY

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