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Monday, July 18, 2011

Review - VANISHED by Sheela Chari

The book was sent to me by the publisher Disney Publishing Worldwide and it is the first book I was sent for review from a publishing house.

Neela is eleven years old an American of Indian origin - trying to fit in with the American school and not in any way to be different. She accepts the bindi and the aarti (dot on forehead and blessings with camphor and fire) which her mother does but it is just an acceptance for acceptance sake. She is however fluent in Tamil (her parents mother tongue) and loves her grandmother back home and Chennai where her grandparents still live. Neela is trying to balance it all.

Her grandmother gifts her a veena - and this is where the story actually begins. The veena - a stringed instrument famous for its dulcet tones - is a family heirloom and supposedly a Guru original. It also carries with it a way of disappearing and reappearing in a particular music shop in Chennai.

When this veena disappears from Neela's possession in a church of all places, Neela's curiosity is aroused - specially when she eavesdrops and hears snippets of her parents conversation as well as bits of information from strangely, unconnected sources. The appearance of dragons in different forms - from drawings, to the dragon on the veena, to a dragon kettle, to dragon embroidery convinces Neela that there is a conspiracy afoot and that there is much more to this disappearing veena than meets the eye.

Moving from Arlington, Boston to Chennai the story is a novel story - a story of trust and Neela's perseverance to the end to solve the puzzle of her missing veena.

Very suitable for young readers - eight years and upwards will enjoy the read. I did myself!


Blodeuedd said...

Sounds good for the kiddies :D

chasingbawa said...

About time you got sent a book to review! Glad you enjoyed it!

Jenny said...

Oh I love the cover! That cover makes me hope the book is illustrated. Is it, by any chance? I just love the cover art so much, I'd love to see illustrations that look like that.

Mystica said...

Jenny - no inside illustrations. I thought the cover did not do it justice. The veena depicted did not look like a veena and to many people it is an unknown quantity so I thought a more specific illustration would have been better.

Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

This one sounds very interesting. It's the first i've heard about this one. Great review!

carolsnotebook said...

Sounds like one my daughter might enjoy.

vvb32 reads said...

the cover does appeal. i like the incorporation of dragons in various ways.