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RILLA JAGGIA

I have the audacity to write for children without having any of my own. What I do have is one of those dreary multicultural backgrounds--I grew up in India and recently moved back to the United States after five years in Sydney, Australia. The resulting crisis of identity infects all of my writing.

Publications

No Pets, Please!
Los Angeles Times Kids' Reading Room,
Jan. 25, 2009

Tamarind Rice
sold to Highlights for Children, March 2008

Blue Space Pajamas
Los Angeles Times Kids' Reading Room,
Nov. 11, 2007

Interview with Leonard Marcus
Kite Tales, Winter 2012

Interview with Arthur A. Levine
Kite Tales, Summer 2009

Interview with Michael Stearns
Kite Tales,Spring 2009

As of January 2009, I assumed the post of editor of Kite Tales, the newsletter for the SCBWI Tri-regions of Southern California.


Pre-Publication

Sandalwood and Stone
Contemporary YA
Winner of the 2010 SCBWI Mulitcultural WIP Award
Writing Contest, SCBWI-LA Writer's Day 2012, YA, 2nd Place

The Initiate's Daughter
Middle Grade Fantasy
Highlights Foundation Whole Novel Workshop for Fantasy 2010

February 11th, 2010 Cambodia | TravelRant

50 — Scene in Cambodia (6) Tomb Raiders

Note: this is an ongoing series about our trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia in December, 2009. Part I of this account can be found here.

Served up by Netflix — Tomb Raider!

Yes, I did actually put this movie into my queue…for a reason.

When we were in Siem Reap, Cambodia, and told our tuk-tuk driver that our [...]

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February 6th, 2010 Cambodia | TravelRant

49 — Scene in Cambodia (5) Mystical Mountains

Note: this is an ongoing series about our trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia in December, 2009. Part I of this account can be found here.

Well, February has snuck up on me. It’s that sort of month. Right when I’m beginning to believe that January will go on forever, and the New Year really is still [...]

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January 30th, 2010 Cambodia | TravelRant

48 — Scene in Cambodia (4) Dietary Restrictions

Note: this is an ongoing series about our trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia in December, 2009. Part I of this account can be found here.

So. I’m on a diet. Invariably, the holiday season has its tradeoffs. A time of reckoning when all the good food and drink must be balanced by a lean time that [...]

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