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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,001 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Narrator: Alan Cumming Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Brotherhood of the Conch Release Date:
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In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta. His quest will take him farther from home than he's ever been and will teach him more than he ever imagined—and it will force him to make a poignant decision that will change him forever.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Divakaruni keeps her tale fresh and riveting with details of India’s sights, smells, and tastes, with characters that possess both good and evil, and with her exploration of the fine line between faith and magic. Young readers can only hope for more from this master storyteller.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This book is a real page-turner…You’ll stay up late to finish it.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “The action is exciting, and the Indian setting makes this story new and different.”

    Washington Post

  • “Divakaruni [is] a gifted storyteller…Though [she] beguiles us with the sights and sounds of an exotic place, what she really does is make us feel at home.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “With so many fantasies being published, what’s special about this one? It’s the unique setting, along with the elegance Divakaruni’s writing. The slums of ‘Kalcutta’ are so richly created that readers can almost smell them…This speaks directly to children in a very enticing voice.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “This quest adventure has an exotic flavor…Readers can sympathize with [Anand’s] struggle and long for his success. This traditional story in fresh new clothing should appeal to middle-grade readers.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The rich details in the story…offer readers a colorful snapshot of [India’s] land and its culture.”

    Houston Chronicle

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Teacool97 | 2/19/2014

    " Not a bad book, quite a lot of magic though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Alcina | 2/13/2014

    " A page turner, with marvelous bits of wisdom, but so predictable, as I'm finding so many youth adventure books to be. My main annoyance right now is woman writers who write male hero's. However, it is a good read. I think it's a little too scary for my 10 year old, but probably not most 10 American 10 year olds. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Indah Threez Lestari | 2/10/2014

    " 776th - 2011 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sharon | 2/8/2014

    " My 9 year old son recommended I read this book and I'm glad I did. In fact he said "Mommy, you MUST read this book" to be more specific. Set in India, it was wonderfully written. A great story about a young girl and boy finding themselves in an adventure to return a magical conch shell. This is a book to seek out, as it's nothing like today's adventure stories and most kids won't willingly pick it up. Well worth the read! "

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