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Priyanka’s mother refuses to discuss why she left India at 18…. A pashmina shawl stowed in an old suitcase sends Pri on “journeys” to India when she puts it on, and a cry to [the goddess] Shakti for help results in a phone call from an aunt she’s never met, inviting her to her mother’s home country. The pashmina goes with her, and as aunt and niece bond, Priyanka learns of her mother’s secret past and the power of the shawl, which gives the woman who wears it a vision of how to take the next step in life… The graphic-novel format keeps the story light…sorting the players’ many journeys through actual and imaginary spaces with shifts in background color. A fantasy with humor and substance, this is a book for girls seeking empowerment and agency. Grades 4–8.Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

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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.

About the Author


Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India, and raised in Southern California. She holds a degree in literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She creates illustrations that capture the love in everyday moments. In 2012 she was honored at the White House as a Champion of Change for her art. Her illustrations are sold in boutiques along the West Coast and she's worked with companies like Disney and Hasbro. Nidhi lives in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, daughter, and two cats. Pashmina is her first graphic novel.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781626720879
ISBN-10: 1626720878
Publisher: First Second
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2017
Pages: 176
Language: English

 

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