Author: Chanani, Nidhi
A heartfelt young adult graphic novel about an Indian-American teen's attempt to reconnect with her mother's homeland through a magical pashmina shawl.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.30
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 191880
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 2.60
Points: 5.0 Quiz: 72331
Kirkus Reviews (08/01/17)
School Library Journal (+) (00/09/17)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/10/17)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 09/01/2017 Gr 4–8—Priyanka is a teenage girl who loves to draw. Her mother emigrated from India years ago, leaving Pri's father behind. Pri is eager to learn about her father and her Indian heritage, but her mother refuses to discuss the subject. Then Pri finds an old pashmina in her mother's suitcase, and when she puts it on, she is magically transported to the India of her dreams. Pri is greeted by an elephant and a peacock, who offer to show her around the country. Though they provide some answers, they inspire even more questions, and Pri must figure out how and why reality and her dream world overlap. This heartwarming story about family problems and female empowerment will inspire readers to make their voices heard. Much of the artwork is reminiscent of the illustrations in Vera Brosgol's Anya's Ghost: black-and-white with clear thick lines. Whenever someone dons the pashmina, the pages are suddenly drenched in rich colors. VERDICT This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.