Vanished by Sheela Chari

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Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument used to be her grandmother's—made of warm, rich wood, and intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon. When this special family heirloom vanishes from a local church, Neela is devastated. As she searches for it, strange clues surface: a teakettle ornamented with a familiar-looking dragon, a threatening note, a connection to a famous dead musician, and even a legendary curse. The clues point all the way to India, where it seems that Neela's intrument has a long history of vanishing and reappearing. If she is able to track it down, will she be able to stop it from disappearing again? Sheela Chari's debut novel is a finely tuned story of coincidence and fate, trust and deceit, music and mystery.

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Author Bio: Sheela Chari ( was born in Bangalore, India, and has lived in Iowa, Washington State, California, Massachusetts, and New York. She holds an MFA degree in Creative Writing from New York University. This is her first novel.
Published August 9, 2011 by Disney Hyperion. 336 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Neela grows as she journeys to find the veena, emerging stronger than before: closer to her family, with new friendships forged and, most gratifying, showing signs of becoming a serious musician.

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The Book Report NetworkSign up for our newsletters!Eleven-year-old Neela enjoys practicing the veena, a large stringed instrument from India, just as long as she doesn't have to play for anyone other than her little brother.

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