ABOUT THE BOOK
Maddie & Sayara
Maddie & Sayara are from very different cultures and meet while on holiday. They quickly forge a close friendship as they discover their similarities – their families, attitudes, dreams, and hopes.
Their time together is cut short when Sayara is called home because her favorite cousin is unexpectedly jailed by powerful forces. Maddie is both surprised and shocked – and resolves to help Sayara free her cousin, Themi, from jail.
Maddie wonders why girls are treated differently just because of where they are born. Naïve but hopeful Maddie cannot understand why her friends should live within unequal and unfair rules, and she is determined to fix the problem.
Stealthily arriving in Sayara’s home kingdom, Maddie finds she is less prepared than she thought to navigate local powerful forces, culture, and unfair rules. With the help of a local family, Maddie finds Sayara and her spirited cousin Themi. But can Maddie & Sayara persuade the king to change the unfair rules against women?
Join them on their adventure!
About the author, Sanjyot Dunung…
Sanjyot has spent her career and life working in a number of ways to help people understand more about different people, other cultures, and the world at large.
She believes that we’re all equal regardless of gender, race, religion, or any other personal characteristics. She believes that no matter where you live, everyone should have equality of opportunity, although not necessarily equality of outcomes. She’s lived in many places and considers herself a curious resident of planet Earth.
Sanjyot has written sixteen international business books and this is her first novel — and the first in her new series of activist fiction.
She’s also president and founder of Atma Global, working to help people understand cultures, countries, and global business issues.
She thanks you for joining Maddie and Sayara on their first adventure — and hopes that this story touches a part of your heart, soul, and life.
She hopes to hear from you!
What a great unique way to introduce women’s issues in a fun exciting age-appropriate story for tweens!Amazon.com - October 2, 2017
Readers respond to Maddie & Sayara! 4.5 Stars!
Well written with insightful information about a culture vastly different from Western ways of life…BlueInk Review - August 1, 2017
This young-adult story is well written with insightful information about a culture vastly different from Western ways of life. But while the foreign culture is painted realistically, and there are many who protest it, the author also illustrates the love the kingdom’s citizens have for it and why so many stay. Maddie is quite idealistic, but that seems fitting for a 13-year-old, and if the journey is implausible, author Sanjyot P. Dunung does the necessary work to make it believable and even possible. Overall, Maddie & Sayara will be enjoyed by adolescent girls in particular, but also by adults interested in a close-up view of a different world as shared by a hopeful young girl.
“Such a cute debut novel!”GoodReads - July 26, 2017
“Such a cute debut novel! It explored extremely challenging issues of oppression, with an anchor of family and friendship. As a reader, I was drawn in, rooting for their unrealistic success!” — Goodreads
IndieReader Reviews Maddie & SayaraIndieReader - August 4, 2017
The girls are realistically 13 and young adult readers will root for their star-crossed friendship. The characters have a genuine bond and fresh personalities that immediately endear the reader to their wild schemes. The plot is filled with action and clever turns, and plenty of scenes in which girls get to shine.The girls are realistically 13 and young adult readers will root for their star-crossed friendship. The characters have a genuine bond and fresh personalities that immediately endear the reader to their wild schemes. The plot is filled with action and clever turns, and plenty of scenes in which girls get to shine.
…engaging story of sticking up for one’s own beliefs…Kirkus - July 23, 2017
“A spunky 13-year-old girl challenges the sexist laws of another country in this middle-grade novel of girl power and social justice. Maddie is an enjoyable and bright first-person narrator with a voice that’s imbued with all the attitude and passion of a teenage girl… the escalating drama and Maddie’s energetic narration will keep readers turning pages."
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