• Texas Bluebonnet Master list 2023-2024
  • Amazon Best Books of 2022
  • Cynsations Best books of 2022
  • Cybils 2022 Middle Grade Fiction Finalist
  • Global Read Aloud, Middle Grade selection for 2022
  • Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection


“Bajaj brings awareness to the world water crisis and social equality with Thirst, a moving, hopeful story” —Shelf Awareness, starred review.

“A meditative first purchase for middle grade collections” —School Library Journal, starred review.

“The story is filled with hope and faith as Minni learns the importance of education, family, friendship and opportunities and taking a stand for her community” —School Library Connection starred review

“A powerhouse of a middle grade book … A must read.”  —Pernille Ripp, Educator and Global Read Aloud founder.

“An engaging literary mystery” —Publisher’s Weekly

“A valiant call for justice” —Kirkus Reviews