Veera Hiranandani

PAL Member


​Veera Hiranandani is the award-winning author of several books for young people. Her most recent middle-grade novel, How to Find What You're Not Looking For, received the 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award, the 2022 Jane Addams Book Award, is a winner of the 2021 New-York Historical Society Children's History Book Prize and was a finalist for the 2022 National Jewish Book Award among other recognitions. It was also named a Best Children's Book of the Year by Amazon, Kirkus Reviews, Bank Street College, and Brightly. The Newbery Honor winning, The Night Diary, also received the 2019 Walter Dean Myers Honor Award, the 2018 Malka Penn Award for Human Rights in Children's Literature, and several other honors and state reading list awards. The Night Diary was chosen as a 2018 Best Children's Book of the Year by The New York Times, The Washington Post, NPR, Amazon, School Library Journal, and Kirkus Reviews. Her first novel for young readers, The Whole Story of Half a Girl, was named a Sydney Taylor Notable Book and was a South Asia Book Award Highly Commended selection. She's also the author of the chapter book series, Phoebe G. Green. She earned her MFA in fiction writing at Sarah Lawrence College. A former book editor at Simon & Schuster, she is now a faculty member of Vermont College of Fine Art's MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults. You can find Veera on Twitter @veerahira and Instagram @veerawrites. 


How To Find What You're Not Looking For

The Night Diary

Phoebe G. Green

The Whole Story of Half a Girl

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