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Rajani LaRocca
This 2020, Rajani LaRocca is mentoring Middle Grade
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Rajani LaRocca
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A proud member of the Pitch Wars 2017 mentee class, Rajani LaRocca spends her time writing novels and picture books, practicing medicine, and baking too many sweet treats. Her debut middle grade, MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM (Yellow Jacket/Little Bee Books, June 2019), an Indian-American mashup of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and competitive baking, was named an Indies Introduce/Indie Next pick, a Kirkus Best Book of 2019, and a Massachusetts “Must Read” title. Her middle grade novel in verse, RED, WHITE, AND WHOLE, will release with Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins in February 2021, and the companion novel to MIDSUMMER’S MAYHEM, MUCH ADO ABOUT BASEBALL, will release in June 2021.

Rajani was born in India, raised in Kentucky, and now lives in the Boston area with her wonderful family and impossibly cute dog.

For Pitch Wars 2020, Rajani LaRocca is co-mentoring with Remy Lai.

Favorite Books

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead
The Arm Of The Starfish by Madeleine L’Engle
Other Words For Home by Jasmine Warga
Star-Crossed by Barbara Dee

Years Mentored
2018, 2019, 2020