Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Meet Priyanka Das, called Pri by her friends and family. She lives in the United States with her single mom, and works hard to juggle two cultures and worlds, as she learns about her Indian heritage and comes to terms with being Indian-American. Lots of mystery as the story unfolds. Why did her mother abandon her life in India? What is the mysterious shadow that follows Pri? And the mysteries multiply when Pri discovers a beautiful old pashmina shawl in one of her mother’s suitcases. Wrapped up in the shawl, Pri is transported to a colorful and vibrant vision of India that only furthers her interest in the country and her mother’s past. The art is as beautiful as the writing and story-telling. A truly wonderful book for young teens making choices in their lives. But I can sincerely recommend the book for all ages.