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Rajani LaRocca
Rajani LaRocca

Rajani LaRocca was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog. A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Medical School, she spends her time writing novels and picture books when she’s not practicing medicine. Her middle grade debut, Midsummer’s Mayhem, is an Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking. Her debut picture book, Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math, set in ancient India, involves a math puzzle and an explanation of binary numbers. Her forthcoming middle grade novel-in-verse, Red, White, and Whole, will publish in February 2021with Quill Tree Book/HarperCollins and involves heritage and fitting in, science and poetry, Hindu mythology and 80s pop music. You can learn about her other forthcoming books at

Book Title(s):

Midsummer’s Mayhem (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, 2019)

Seven Golden Rings: A Tale of Music and Math (Lee & Low Books, 2020)

Red, White, and Whole (Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins, 2021)

Bracelets for Bina’s Brothers (Charlesbridge, 2021)

Much Ado About Baseball (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, 2021)

Where Three Oceans Meet (Abrams, 2021)

The Secret Code Inside You (Little Bee Books, 2021)

I’ll Go and Come Back (Candlewick, 2022)

Masala Chai, Fast and Slow (Candlewick, 2023)

Award(s) and Accolade(s):

Midsummer’s Mayhem was an Indies Introduce selection, an Indie Next Pick, a Kirkus Best Book of 2019, and a Massachusetts Book Award Honor title.

Seven Golden Rings earned starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly.

South Asian
Age Categories:
Middle Grade, Picture Book
Contemporary, Fantasy, Speculative , Verse Novel
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