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The Teen Book Group, for 7-9 graders, meets on the 4th Sunday of each month at 3:30 p.m. Book group members participate in two activities. They read and review books that haven’t yet been published (Advance Reader’s Copies); and they choose, read, and discuss books as a group. Some of the reviews written by teens are passed along to the Children & Teen buyers at P&P, as well as to the publishers. There are approximately 15 members.

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March's Book Selection

Climbing the Stairs (Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780142414903
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Speak, 2/2010


Read Padma Venkatraman's posts on the Penguin Blog.

Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college— an unusual aspiration for a girl living in British occupied India during World War II. Then tragedy strikes, and Vidya and her brother are forced to move into a traditional household with their extended family, where women are meant to be married, not educated. Breaking the rules, Vidya finds refuge in her grandfather’s library. But then her brother does something unthinkable, and Vidya’s life becomes a whirlwind of political and personal complications. The question is, will she be strong enough to survive?

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About the Author

Padma Venkatraman lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. An oceanographer by training, she is the author of twenty books for young readers, published in India, on a variety of subjects. To learn more, about her book Climbing the Stairs, visit the web site, You can also read her blog,