Saturday, October 22, 2011

Vanished by Sheela Chari - ESSENTIAL

Chari, Sheela Vanished, 318pgs. Disney Hyperion Books, 2011. $16.99. Language-PG(1 swear); Mature Content-G; Violence-PG; When eleven-year-old Neela, an Indian-American girl who lives near Boston, MA, receives a rare and cursed veena (classical Indian musical instrument) as a gift from her grandmother in India, Neela’s love of playing the veena begins to grow. After brining her venna to school to show her class, it mysteriously vanishes. Neela is determined to find her missing veena and begins searching for clues to solve the mystery. The search eventually leads Neela and her family on a trip to India to a rare music shop where everything comes to a head.
 Chari has truly spun an unusual and intriguing tale full of surprises at every page turn. Extremely well written, suspenseful and action-packed, this mystery becomes more intense, intricate and rich with each chapter. Follow Neela on an adventure that leads her through danger and self-discovery. Once you start, you won’t be able to put this book down until you have reached the last page.  EL/MS ESSENTIAL. Reviewer: Anna Schneider, Library Media Specialist, Joel P. Jensen Middle School.

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