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Nikita Kapoor


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About the Author

Author Nikita Kapoor is a multi-award-winning twelve-year-old poet and novelist. After learning to read at three years old, she began writing stories and poems shortly thereafter. As with many creatives, the pandemic gave Nikita time and the opportunity to focus on her craft and delve deeper into her favorite genres, and at age eight, she started what became her newly released middle-grade fantasy title, Pack of the Lost: The Uninviting Forest, and her debut poetry book, Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings. 


Nikita’s debut poetry compilation, which was first published as a paperback when she was ten years old, has won multiple international awards, including a Gold Medal in poetry from the Nautilus Book Awards in 2023, and she was also awarded special honors as a debut author. In addition, her debut novel has received stellar editorial reviews and has won numerous accolades, including the Gold Medal in 2023 from the Independent Publishers Book Awards for Best First Book in the juvenile/young adult fiction category. 


Nikita and her writings have been featured in the Young Mensan Magazine’s Fall and Winter 2022 issues, the December 2022 issue of Peninsula Magazine, and the April 2023 issue of Palos Verdes Magazine. She is a member of Mensa and her school’s gifted program. She is also a Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth member and was awarded Grand Honors in their talent program. 

She is part of the Gifted and Talented (GATE) program at her school, in addition to being a member of Mensa.


But most of all, Nikita loves nature and animals and wants to help make our world a better place for animals and humans alike.

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The Uninviting Forest


Paperback & Kindle edition available...

Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings

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2023 Gold IPPY Book Award Winner
Best First Book - Juvenile/ Young Adult

A book of  history

A book of nature

A book of courage

Each of these books might have the most exciting facts or illustrations

yet when you need to relax

the right book is

a book of Poetry...


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Coming Soon...

2nd book of the series- PACK OF THE LOST

In The Making
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Featured in Peninsula Magazine

Featured in The Palos Verdes Magazine

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2023 Gold Nautilus Book Award Winner

Nikita Kapoor's Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings was selected as a Nautilus Book Awards Gold winner in poetry! She was also awarded special honors as a debut author.

Other distinguished Nautilus Award winners include Amanda Gorman, Deepak Chopra, Malala Yousafzai, Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Barbara Kingsolver, Barbara Brown Taylor, Anne Lamott, Louise Erdrich, Thich Nhat Hanh, and Eckhart Tolle.


The prestigious Nautilus Book Awards recognize "Better Books for a Better World." Their core mission is to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living & green values, wellness, social change & social justice, and spiritual growth.

Nikita has been awarded this International book award in the Poetry category this year for evoking compassion, wisdom, greater understanding, empathy, joy, delight, and passion through the artful and poetic use of language.

2023 Gold IPPY Award for Best First Book

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Nikita Kapoor won the gold medal for the 2023 IPPY awards for Best First Book (Juvenile/Young Adult fiction). She started writing this multi-award winning middle-grade fantasy fiction novel when she was just 8 years old! 


Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year's best independently published titles from around the world.

The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published books released each year.

Nikita Kapoor receives Literary Titan Gold Book Awards for Both her books 

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"The Literary Titan Gold Award is bestowed on books that we found to be perfect in their delivery of original content, meticulous development of unique characters in an organic and striking setting, an innovative plot that supports a fresh theme, and elegant prose that transforms words into beautifully written books." - Literary Titan

 PACK OF THE LOST - The Uninviting Forest is a National Indie Excellence Awards (NIEA) Finalist  


Nikita Kapoor middle-grade fantasy fiction Novel has been selected as a finalist in the Juvenile Fiction category for National Indie Excellence Awards 2023. 

The National Indie Excellence® Awards celebrate the analog book form as a vital sector of our industry. Recognizing Excellence in all aspects of the final presentation, NIEA champions self-publishers and independent publishers who produce the highest quality books. Established in 2005, NIEA’s entrants are meticulously judged by experts from various disciplines of the industry including publishers, editors, authors, and book designers.


Winning and Finalist titles are determined on the basis of superior written content coupled with the various elements that comprise all the information in a published product. Jurors analyze titles across a spectrum of standards and metrics reaching a final consensus after their review.

 PACK OF THE LOST - The Uninviting Forest is a Readers' Choice Book Awards Finalist

Nikita Kapoor middle-grade fantasy fiction Novel, PACK OF THE LOST - The Uninviting Forest was awarded a 5-star rating and was selected as a finalist in the Best Children's Book Age 8 to 12 category for 2023 Readers' Choice Book Awards.

Readers' Choice 5 Star review: 

Summary: An imaginative, magical, fantasy fiction novel, packed full of action and adventure.

"....The Uninviting Forest, by ten-year old author Nikita Kapoor, is an imaginative, magical, fantasy fiction novel for middle grade readers. This is the first book in the Pack of the Lost series, and is packed full of action and adventure. The two main characters show strength, determination and leadership skills, as they face their fears and overcome many challenges in the forest. With excellent writing for someone so young, superb world-building, and captivating characters, Nikita Kapoor is a talent to watch out for." 



 PACK OF THE LOST - The Uninviting Forest is a Purple Dragonfly Book Award Winner

Nikita Kapoor's debut Novel is a 2023 Purple Dragonfly Book Award winner in the Middle-Grade Fiction category. 

The Purple Dragonfly Book Award Contest is a worldwide book competition that began in 2009 to celebrate the best in children’s books.

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Book signing at American Library Association Conference in Chicago 
June 2023

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Nikita Kapoor receives Readers' Favorite Book Awards  

In its annual international book award contest Readers' Favorite awarded "Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings" a silver medal in the poetry category (2023). In addition, Pack of the Lost - The Uninviting Forest received the Honorable Mention award in the children's adventure category (2023). 


The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.


Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. 

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  PACK OF THE LOST - The Uninviting Forest made it to the Long list for the Gertrude Warner Awards for Middle Grade Fiction

The Gertrude Warner Book Awards recognize emerging new talent and outstanding works in Middle Grade Fiction. The Gertrude Warner Book Awards is a division of the Chanticleer International Book Awards

Nikita Kapoor is a Gold & Silver Medal Winner of the 2023 Global Ebook Awards!  

The Global Ebook Awards are given to the best eBooks of the year. Nikita Kapoor won a gold medal for Pack of the Lost- The Uninviting Forest in the Juvenile Fiction category and a silver in the Children's Literature (fiction) category.


The US Review of Books gives Nikita Kapoor's Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings a Recommended Rating!   

The US Review of Books RECOMMENDED rating is reserved only for books deemed outstanding, regardless of whether they are self-published or from a major press. 

 PACK OF THE LOST - The Uninviting Forest is a Moonbeam Children's Book Award Winner

Nikita Kapoor's debut Novel is a 2023 Moonbeam Book Award winner (silver medal) in the Best Book by Young Author category. 

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards bring increased recognition to exemplary children’s books and their creators, and are dedicated to supporting childhood literacy and life-long reading. 


Nikita Kapoor has received multiple awards from The 2023 American Fiction Awards sponsored by American Book Fest 

The results of the 2023 American Fiction Awards have been announced, and both books by Nikita have received awards. Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings is a Winner in the Contemporary Poetry category & a Finalist in the General Poetry category, and Pack of the Lost - The Uninviting Forest is a finalist in the Pre-teen Fiction category.

Pack of the Lost - The Uninviting Forest  is a Finalist in the 2023 IAN Book of the Year Awards! 

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When judging for the Independent Author Network awards was completed, Pack of the Lost was selected as a finalist in two categories: “Novella,” and “Children’s/Juvenile Fiction.”

Gentle Shadows Fierce Wings is a Finalist in the 2023 Independent Author Network  Book of the Year Awards in Poetry

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Nikita Kapoor's book launch

Date: To be determined
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