THE CONCH BEARER by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

THE CONCH BEARER

Age Range: 10 - 13

KIRKUS REVIEW

Pakoras instead of stew. A stock quest fantasy stars Anand, a 12-year-old who has worked at a Kolkata (Calcutta) tea stall since his father disappeared two years ago. A moment of kindness to a hungry old man is rewarded when—surprise—the oldster is revealed as Abhaydatta, a powerful mage requesting Anand’s help on a dangerous mission. Abhaydatta’s magical conch is sought by the wicked wizard Surabhanu, and Anand must take the conch safely to the Silver Valley. Joined by the savvy street-sweeping girl Nisha, the adventurers begin their journey across a modern yet fantastical India. To defeat Surabhanu, they must vanquish the usual foes: megalomaniac villains, frightening monsters, and the weaknesses of their own hearts. A rather bland tale, but the unusual setting might be intriguing spice for lovers of the genre. (Fiction. 10-13)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2003
ISBN: 0-7613-1935-2
Page count: 272pp
Publisher: Roaring Brook
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 15th, 2003




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