Graphic Novel - 2017 | First edition.
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A Junior Library Guild Selection 2017
Amazon Top Twenty Children's Book of the Year 2017
Amazon Best Book of the month December 2017
Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017
Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title

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.

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Publisher: New York, New York : First Second, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781626720886
Branch Call Number: Graphic J
Characteristics: 161 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 22 cm


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"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." Grades 3-6.

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STPLKidsCauseway Jan 07, 2021

This graphic novel is a great representation of how Priyanka comes to terms with embracing Indian heritage while living in America. It also references the Hindu faith, Indian culture, and Women's Rights in India. The undertones of living with a single mother, being bullied in school, dealing with change, and having an absent father makes for a great heart-felt read perfect for those struggling with similar issues or those who just want to read a beautifully written realistic-fiction book with gorgeous imagery.

Nov 10, 2020

I felt the plot was a bit weak - quite repetitive - and the use of Indian words throughout detracted from and distracted, rather than enhanced the story. Meh. While I appreciate a new voice, this one just didn't make the grade for me.

Priyanka just wants to see India, but her mom is adamently against it. When her mom's pashmina transports her there, she becomes more determined than ever. This whimsical graphic novel includes a lot of Indian culture and will transport the reader to Priyanka's world. I loved every moment of it!

Sep 13, 2019

The author of Pashmina, Nadhi Chanani was actually the guest speaker at last years Graphic Novel Making Contest. She did such an amazing job of presenting her artwork, and inspiration for this Novel, etc. She was just really sweet and down to earth and I really wish I had read this book before meeting her! She was signing autographs of her book last year after the contest, and I just completely missed my chance of getting a signed copy of Pashmina...regret city. Anyway This book was really good! The majority of this book is in black and white, but when Pri puts on her "magic" Pashmina everything becomes technicolor! The way that Nadhi Chanani paints her drawings in such VIVID color, is really breath taking. She is definitely very talented.

Jul 18, 2019

I loved this book because Priyanka, a teen wants to go back to her mothers homeland India. My favorite part was when Priyanka discovered her mother shawl in her suit case. I also liked the part when Priyanka discovers her mothers past and hands her shawl to the nest generation. Overall very adventurous and well made.

Oct 31, 2018

Loved this book! Explores identity, layered cultural experiences, coming of age, immigration, labor rights, feminism, and more! Would highly recommend to any middle grade or YA reader.

LoveSewing Sep 24, 2018

Pashmina is the story of an Indian-American teenage girl, named Priyanka Das, who lives with her single mother. Although she’s curious about India and her father, her mother consistently avoids these topics. However, when she finds a magical Pashmina that can transport her to India, Priyanka begins to journey to her mother’s homeland and find the answers to her questions. Along the way, she also learns about managing her cross-cultural identity and the challenges faced by women. Ultimately, her experiences empower her to be confident in who she is and make her voice heard.

ArapahoeKathrynR Jul 24, 2018

This Middle Grade story follows Pashmina as she deals with a crisis of identity. She is Indian, but she doesn't know anything about life in India. Through the aid of a magical scarf, she finds a way to explore her heritage and discovers the truth of her family and their arrival in America.

TechLibrarian May 14, 2018

Priyanka finds a magic pashmina in an old suitcase, which ultimately helps her to learn about her family's past and her own identity. This short graphic novel was cute and a quick read, ideal for preteens.

Feb 03, 2018

This was such a magically little book that explores a family’s immigration story through a magic pashmina. This graphic novel was so heartwarming and comfortable, and while I am not Indian and have not had what happen to Priyanka’s family, the author does an amazing job of getting the read to empathize with the experiences in the story. The art was adorable and vibrant as well. Definitely worth checking out if you love graphic novels.

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