My rating: 5 of 5 stars
A charming and unique graphic novel that both highlights the importance of finding your roots, but also demonstrates the universal nature of being a teen.
Thanks to Net Galley for the digital review copy of this title – all opinions are my own.
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.
I absolutely fell in love with Priyanka and her oh-so-familiar struggles with driving, friends and family. What makes this book so special, though, is the magical pashmina that helps Priya begin to ask questions about her Indian heritage, as well as her experiences reconciling her life in the US and her mother’s history in India. The depiction of her trip to India will be a great for expanding world view for many US readers, and will be so relatable for readers who have experienced this themselves. In addition, Pashmina is an incredibly fast read, which will make the story accessible to all middle school readers.
I highly recommend this title for all middle school classrooms and libraries. I pre-ordered a copy for my middle school library.