Nizrana Farook
Nizrana was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka - the wild, exotic landscapes of which feature heavily in her stories. She came to writing by a circuitous route, from a bachelor’s degree in computer science to a master’s in writing for young people. She moved to the UK ten years ago and now lives in Watford, Hertfordshire with her husband and two daughters. Nizrana is represented by Joanna Moult of Skylark Literary.
   
The Thief of Serendib was shortlisted for the 2017 Joan Aiken Future Classics Prize.


About  The Thief of Serendib  

What if someone had to die for a crime that you committed? Whom would you choose? Your father, or your best friend?

Meet Chaya - the twelve-year-old with a big heart and sticky fingers in the island kingdom of Serendib. Her life of idyllic boredom is shattered one day when she almost gets caught by a guard at the royal palace, as she breaks in and steals the Queen’s jewels.

As the daughter of the village headman, discovery means that Chaya’s father would be put to death for her crime. But her best friend Neel is arrested as the robber instead, and sentenced to death.

Father or best friend? Chaya is cornered, and faces the most agonising choice of her life.