A Junior Library Guild Selection 2017
Amazon Top Twenty Children’s Book of the Year 2017
Amazon Best Book of the month December 2017
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017
Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri’s mom avoids these questions—the topic of India is permanently closed.
For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she’s ever dared and find the family she never knew.
In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.
This title has Common Core connections.
Priyanka is the teenage daughter of a single mother from Calcutta who won't answer her questions about why she came to the U.S. or who Priyanka's father is. "In India I would never talk this rude way to my mom," Priyanka's mother chastises. Mean girls make school rough; drawing is Priyanka's only solace. A silk pashmina in her mother's closet gives Priyanka the ability to see India, the homeland she's never visited, in sequences that explode with vibrant color, in contrast to the dark purples Chanani uses for Priyanki's everyday life. When she's finally able to travel there, her aunt answers the questions that have blighted Priyanka's relationship with her mother, and the pashmina gives her a mission. Newcomer Chanani's figures lean toward cuteness, softening the story's darker moments. Most impressive is the way Chanani keeps the story's distinct and fascinating plot elements spinning. One work can't represent a whole subcontinent, but readers will come away with a living sense of a small part of it and characters to care about. Ages 10 14.
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