Vanished by Sheela Chari
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
This title was a refreshing change of pace. I'd never heard of a veena before, and not read much about modern India or current culture (lots of stories set during the British occupation but not much else).
The prologue opened with description just like a movie set. I could see it in my head.
The description of the veena was well done, but it was a little harder for me to envision just because it was so out of my normal everyday knowledge. I wonder if there is really one with dragon details like in the story. Would love to see a photo! Will have to find some clips of the music to use when I talk about this book to classes.
Unfortunately I didn't keep any notes on quotes that I enjoyed. Just know that this was a fun mystery with believable characters that I will be recommending to ... oh, about fourth grade and above students in the coming school year. If I could have given it three and a half or three and three-quarters stars I would have.
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