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Thirst by Varsha Bajaj (Nancy Paulsen Books, 2022). Most people in Mumbai live with limited access to water, with frequent shortages. In contrast, the affluent live above, in high-rise buildings with unrestricted water access. This disparity instigates numerous questions for Minni, as she searches for justice to bridge these inequalities. (Grades 5-6)

Award Status: Winner, 2023

Award Category: Middle Grade Readers

Author: Varsha Bajaj

Illustrator: Chaaya Prabhat

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