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Mysteries & Detectives
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    Sheela Chari
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    Hyperion Book CH (July 26, 2011)
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    336 pages
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    Mysteries & Detectives
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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 was a gift from her grandmother—intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon.When this special family heirloom vanishes from a local church, strange clues surface: a tea kettle ornamented with a familiar pointy-faced 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 instrument has a long history of vanishing andreappearing. Even if Neela does track it down, will she be able to stopitfrom disappearing again?Sheela Chari’s debut novel is a finely tuned story of coincidence and fate, trust and deceit, music and mystery.

Neela is taking veena lessons with a veena that her grandmother purchased from India. It looks like a special veena, with a dragon on it, and it has a unique history regarding who made it and a curse attached to it. Supposedly, it always returns to India, specifically the Chennai Music Palace. When a strange man steals it on a rainy day, Neela is catapulted into a mystery of who he is and why he took it. There are people around her who arouse her suspicions. The veena is a large instrument, not something easily stolen, yet the stranger managed to take it.

Neela sees hints of the veena around her. When her family makes a trip to India, Neela is so close to getting it back, although others are after it too. But then there's the curse around it. Even if she does get it back, what if it still ends up at the Chennai Music Palace? This is a wonderful middle grade mystery. Not only is the story amazing, but I loved the multicultural and international flair. Also, I learned about an instrument I never heard of before.
I loved how it included my culture and heritage since the main character's name is Neela Krishnan,she is a south Indian like me.
Donated to school library. Perfect!
bought as a read aloud for my 3rd graders while we were doing a mystery unit. students weren't that interested in the plot.
I have had this book to read for a couple years and was eager to finally sit down and read it. It ended up being an okay middle grade mystery.

Neela dreams of being a professional veena (traditional Indian stringed instrument) player. Her dreams are one step closer to reality when she receives a beautiful veena (a famous Gudo original) from her Aunt in India. When this famous veena goes missing it is up to Neela to unravel the strange past behind this veena, which may involve a curse.

I enjoyed some of the Indian culture in here, but thought the pacing of the story was pretty slow. This is a neat history and story behind the veena Neela receives, but to be honest I just didn’t find it all that interesting or engaging.

I honestly don’t have a ton to say about this book. It wasn’t a bad book, but it was also completely forgettable. It’s decently written and the subject matter is unique. However I never really engaged with the story or the characters all that much.

There are some good messages in here about not judging people by their appearance and about how playing music has to be for you before it can be for the audience.

Overall an okay middle grade mystery. The book is decently written, it was just kind of boring. While not a bad book I also found it to be a forgettable one.
Neela is 11. She does well in school, she loves music and potato chips. Her little brother is kind of pesky, her dad tells corny jokes, and her mom has been known to wear some outrageous outfits on laundry day. Sounds just like you, right? The one difference is that Neela is Indian American.

In Vanished, the author Sheela Chari does just what her mom encourages Neela to do with her new American life: Take the best that both cultures have to offer. Be both Indian and American.

I love that about this story. Yes, Neela and her family are a little different. Their names are different, some of the foods they eat are different, and visiting grandma doesn't mean a long car trip, but an overseas plane trip to India. The music she loves is played on a veena, an old-fashioned Indian instrument. But it is because kids will also relate to this family that they will learn to appreciate some of the differences, or perhaps they won't even seem any different than the fact that one sibling likes pepperoni pizza and the other likes cheese.

Vanished isn't a preachy tale meant to raise awareness, or a novel with a multi-cultural agenda built in, but because the main character is different than your standard middle-class American child, it's an opportunity to absorb some culture. That's one reason I love to read multi-cultural literature myself, and I think that the same stands for this middle-grade novel.

NOTE TO PARENTS: There's nothing objectionable in this book for older middle grade readers. There is one mild swear word spoken by an adult, and narrator Neela even comments how she felt grown up to be trusted with such language, indicating that she knows it's not an 11-year-old word. That made this book feel even more authentic to me, because in fact they do hear swear words quite frequently. This book felt very plot-heavy. It held my interest as an adult. Some of the things involved in their search for the veena were a bit of a stretch from reality, but that makes it a fun adventure! I would recommend Vanished to a more mature reader (10 and up) who enjoys this type of read.

I was a little disappointed that the cover seems to white-washed, which is pretty common in books featuring people of color. Why not give lovely Neela a bit of a tan? At best, she looks like a light-skinned Hispanic. Regardless, it's nice to see novels that truly represent the changing face of American culture, such as this one.