Grab some coins for the jukebox, and get ready for a colorful, time-traveling, musical tale about family and courage.
A mysterious jukebox, old vinyl records, and cryptic notes on music history, are Shaheen's only clues to her father's abrupt disappearance. She looks to her cousin, Tannaz, who seems just as perplexed, before they both turn to the jukebox which starts…glowing?
Suddenly, the girls are pulled from their era and transported to another time! Keyed to the music on the record, the jukebox sends them through decade after decade of music history, from political marches, to landmark concerts. But can they find Shaheen’s dad before the music stops? This time-bending magical mystery tour invites readers to take the ride of their lives for a coming-of-age adventure.
Music links 12-year-old Indian American Shaheen (Shahi) to her white father "like rhythm and melody," but her dad's growing obsession with the topic is also becoming a source of contention in the family. When he doesn't return home one night, Shahi and her Indian mother grow worried. Convinced that the record store Shahi's dad frequents holds answers, Shahi and her 15-year-old cousin Tannaz (Naz) slip inside an open alleyway window to get inside. In the attic, they discover a mysterious jukebox that can play a full album, and when Naz puts on a Bessie Smith record, she and Shahi are transported to the year 1929, where they encounter a Lindy Hop contest at the Savoy. Realizing that the jukebox sends them to the same era as the tunes it's playing, Shahi and Naz begin their search for Shahi's father, traveling from one great music era to the next. With a rich color palette, vivid historical details, and funny rapport between the cousins, Chanani (Pashmina) writes a love letter to music through the decades, visually twining the albums with important historical events. Music aficionados will appreciate the message of connectivity that, through music, transcends generations. Ages 10 14.