Bound To Stay Bound

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 The cobra's song
 Author: Kelkar, Supriya

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2023)

 Classification: Fiction
 Physical Description: 294 p., ill., map.

 BTSB No: 512003 ISBN: 9781665911887
 Ages: 8-12 Grades: 3-7

 Singing -- Fiction
 Self-confidence -- Fiction
 Cobras -- Fiction
 Snakes -- Fiction
 Magic -- Fiction
 Indian mythology -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction
 East Indian Americans -- Fiction

Price: $22.58

When ten-year-old Indian American Geetanjali, part of a family of classical Hindustani music singers, believes her neighbor has become an ichchaadari naagin, a cobra that can turn human, she must overcome her fears and harness the power of her voice before the naagin changes the whole town into snakes.

   Kirkus Reviews (04/01/23)
   Booklist (04/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

Booklist - 04/01/2023 Kelkar’s (That Thing about Bollywood, 2021) latest middle-grade adventure is colored by magic, mystery, and a lovable, fierce heroine in 10-year-old Geetanjali, whose adventures readers will enjoy following as she discovers more about herself and takes pride in her achievements. In the small town of Deadwood, Michigan, Geetanjali enjoys following in her family's tradition of being a singer, but she is very conscious that she may not measure up to the legacy of her talented mother and grandmother. After she experiences stage fright for the first time at a school concert, her fears and phobias continue to grow, and as her long-awaited visit with her grandmother (and unexpected guests) grows strange, Geetanjali must get to the root of the mystery to help those she loves. Filled with Indian folklore and mythology and memorable characters, this voice-y middle-grade romp will be relatable to anyone who’s ever felt nervous about new experiences or family expectations. - Copyright 2023 Booklist.

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