Awards & Press


   Press for American Betiya 



A YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title

A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of 2022

A BookRiot Best Book of 2021

A Cosmopolitan Best YA Book of All Time

A Children's Cooperative 2022 Best Book of the Year

A South Asia Book Award 2022 Honoree

A 2022 Nerdy Book Club Best Novel Award Winner

A National SCBWI Emerging Voices Award Winner

Named by the Wisconsin Library Association as a 2022 Outstanding Achievement in Children's Literature Book


American Betiya was a finalist in the 2022 Children's Choice Book Award "Best Stellar Storyteller" ages 15-18 category:


American Library Association named American Betiya a YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults title for 2022:


American Betiya on Cosmopolitan's Best YA Novels of All Time:


American Betiya awarded one of three honorees for the Society of Midland Authors:


American Betiya named one of four young adult titles in Book Riot's Best Book of 2021:


Ellen Oh, Author and Co-Founder of We Need Diverse Books, recommends American Betiya as part of her Incredible YA Reading list of 15 on Goodreads: 24 Beautiful Kids' Books That Reflect the Asian American Experience


Buzzfeed: 8 Books With Powerful South Asian Protagonists That You Won't Be Able to Put Down


Buzzfeed: 40 YA Books By AAPI Authors That Release This Year


Teen Vogue: 11 Books Featuring South Asian Characters to Read in 2021


Shepherd: American Betiya voted a best book to empower youth to speak up against bigotry, hatred, and injustice


Buzzfeed: New Book Releases


Buzzfeed: 2021 YA Books We're Looking Forward to Getting Our Hands On


Buzzfeed: 40 Contemporary Books We're Looking Forward to Reading in 2021


Goodreads: 72 New Books by Asian American Authors to Read Now


Goodreads: 40 Recent and Upcoming Young Adult Debuts to Discover 


BookPage Review of American Betiya:


BookPage: 2021 Preview Most Anticipated YA


Book Riot: 2021 YA Books by AAPI Authors


Riot Roundup: The Best Books We Read October-December 2020


BookRiot: Winter 2021 YA Books


Publisher's Weekly: Beyond Stereotypes-2021 AAPI Books for Young Readers


Publisher's Weekly: Trade Review of American Betiya


Publisher's Weekly: New and Forthcoming Titles on Women, Girls, and Empowerment


Pop Sugar: 15 Underrated Books That Deserve the Spotlight: Our picks for the most under appreciated young adult novels of all time


Frolic: An interview with 2021 Feminist Debuts


The Bulletin's Trade Review of American Betiya:


Tundra Books: Our New Fave Books for AAPI Heritage Month 2021:


Womanly Live: 10 Books with Asian Characters Worth Reading


Anokhi Life: Get Lit With These 7 Spring Books By Desi Authors!


Get Underlined: Inspirational YA Books for Teens to Start the New Year 


Kirkus Review of American Betiya


The Nerd Daily: 2021 Anticipated Young Adult Book Releases


Book and Film Globe: Ten Great Young Adult Fiction Debuts for the Next Two Months


Pop! Goes the Reader: 100 Most Anticipated Young Adult Novels January-June 2021


School Library Journal's Teen Librarian Toolbox Guest Post


United by Pop: 30 Must-Read March 2021 YA Book Releases