• South Asian Book Award – 2023-2024
  • Texas Bluebonnet Award nominee 2023-2024
  • Georgia Children’s Book Award finalist —2024
  • Massachusetts Children’s Book Award short list 2023-2024
  • Great StoneFace Book award nominee (New Hampshire) 2022-2023
  • Sequoyah Book Award (Oklahoma) 2024
  • Maine student Book Award 2023-2024
  • Sakura Medal Finalist 2023
  • Nerdy Book Club 2023
  • Project Lit Read Widely 2024


“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