Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788186939390
You are about to embark on a remarkable journey. It begins on the teeming streets of Kolkata, India, and will transport you across arid plains and turbulent rivers to a secret valley high in the Himalayas. Along the way you will encounter powerful spirits, both good and unspeakably evil; fantastical creatures; and a trio of intrepid travelers who will linger in your memory long after the last page of this book is turned.
This is fantasy of the first order; an exotic and compelling adventure story that is almost impossible to put down. It is also a significant literary achievement by a distinguished author, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni.
In a dingy shack in the less than desirable neighborhood that he calls home 12-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta . . .
A real page turner, you will stay up late to finish.
- Chicago Tribune
.. The pure beauty of Anand's destination is a simmering Shanri-La come to life. This speaks directly to children, in a very enticing voice.
..fresh and riveting with details of India's smells, sights and tastes, with character that posses both good and evil, and with her explortion of the fine line between faith and magic.
- Publishers Weekly.