Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math by Rajani LaRocca and Archana Sreenivasan

Hello, Rajani LaRocca! I loved chatting with you in Massachusetts last year during the SCBWI conference. Thank you for visiting Watch. Connect. Read. to share Archana Sreenivasan’s gorgeous cover illustration for Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math. What ran through your head (or your heart) the first time you saw Archana’s finished illustrations? 

Rajani LaRocca: I fell in love with Archana’s incredible sense of movement, emotion, and color! It was truly staggering to see characters who only lived in my head come alive in such glory! 

Scenario: A bookseller at Silver Unicorn Books asks you to fill out a shelf talker about Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math. You have enough room for 270 characters. 

Rajani LaRocca: Set in ancient India, SEVEN GOLDEN RINGS is about Bhagat, a poor boy who tries to save his family by seeking a place in the rajah’s court as a singer. The story involves music, and a math riddle that introduces the basics of binary numbers! 

Please finish the following sentence starters:  

Bhagat is a clever, loving boy who isn’t afraid to risk everything to try for a chance at a better life.

I hope Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math inspires kids to think about the connections between music, math, and things they love, and to see that sometimes the greatest gifts we have to share with the world aren’t what we first think of. 

Did you know Midsummer’s Mayhem, my debut middle grade novel, is an Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking, and was inspired in part by my own family? 

Story is what connects us to other people across space, time, and culture. 

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me why I write for kids! The books that influenced me the most, that helped shaped who I am as a person, are the ones I read as a kid. I’m so honored to be writing stories that children get to read, and—I hope—love as much as I loved the books of my childhood. 

Rajani LaRocca was born in Bangalore, India and immigrated to the US with her parents when she was a baby. She graduated from Harvard with both a BA and an MD, and has worked as a primary care physician since 2001. Her debut middle-grade novel, Midsummer Mayhem, was praised as "a delectable treat" in a Kirkus starred review. Rajani lives in Concord, Massachusetts, with her family.

Archana Sreenivasan is the illustrator of two board books in the Once Upon a World series, Rapunzel and Diwali, and she has also created numerous editorial pieces, book covers, and comics. She studied animation film design at the National Institute of Design in Ahmedabad, India, and illustration during a summer residency at the School of Visual Arts in New York. Archana lives in Bangalore, India, with her husband and two cats. 

Look for Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math on July 14, 2020.


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