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New 2021 Release Date for Patel’s #OwnVoices YA Debut


ST. PAUL, MN, May 5, 2020 – Flux, an imprint of North Star Editions, Inc. (NSE) announced today the August publication date for The Knockout by Sajni Patel has been moved to January 26, 2021. This change allows time for promotional events to be rescheduled and independent bookstores to reopen to support a successful launch for this title.

The Knockout introduces readers to shy Kareena Thakkar, who as a rising female star in Muay Thai is struggling to figure out what (and who) is worth fighting for in this #ownvoices YA debut full of heart.

More about The Knockout:

If seventeen-year-old Kareena Thakkar is going to alienate herself from the entire Indian community, she might as well do it gloriously. She’s landed the chance of a lifetime, an invitation to the US Muay Thai Open, which could lead to a spot on the first-ever Olympic team. If only her sport wasn’t seen as something too rough for girls, something she’s afraid to share with anyone outside of her family. Despite pleasing her parents, exceling at school, and making plans to get her family out of debt, Kareena’s never felt quite Indian enough, and her training is only making it worse.

Which is inconvenient, since she’s starting to fall for Amit Patel, who just might be the world’s most perfect Indian. Admitting her feelings for Amit will cost Kareena more than just her pride—she’ll have to face his parents’ disapproval, battle her own insecurities, and remain focused for the big fight. Kareena’s bid for the Olympics could very well make history—if she has the courage to go for it.

About the author
Sajni Patel was born in vibrant India and raised in the heart of Texas, surrounded by a lot of delicious food and plenty of diversity. She draws on personal experiences, cultural expectations, and southern flair to create worlds that center around strong Indian women. Once in MMA, she’s now all about puppies and rainbows and tortured love stories.  Find her on Twitter @SajniPatelBooks.

The Knockout by Sajni Patel

Ages 14-18 / ISBN 978-63583-059-0 / $17.99 hardcover / 360 pages / Publication date: January 26, 2021

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