This is the weekly meme from BookCraic celebrating amazing middle grade books! I hope others will take part and spread the love of MG books!

How to Join In

  • Post a picture of the front cover of a middle grade book which you have read and want to recommend. Add details of author, illustrator and publisher.
  • Open the book to page 11 and share your favourite sentence
  • Write three words to describe the book
  • Either share why you recommend this book or link to your review
Written by Sita Brahmachari, Published by Hachette

Page 11….a bit of a guess on this one as I have an ebook version so undoubtedly different to actual book…”There was no point covering up who she was. She hadn’t earned the name ‘say-it-how-it-is Imtiaz from nowhere”.

Three Words to describe this book! Heartwarming, historical, honest!

My Mini Review…

How do I describe a book that has so many threads, so much heart and a wonderfully complex mystery at its core? The truth is I cannot do exact justice to the beauty of this story. You will just have to read it!

Imtiaz and Usha are becoming sisters and neither is entirely thrilled with the idea. Imtiaz was abandoned as a baby, found wrapped in newspapers by the kind hearted Delyse who then raised her. As part of the wind rush generation, Delyse and new partner Merve are keen to go back home, away from the racism they still feel in London.

Usha has just lost her Grandmother, Kali Ma, and is reeling from this loss and also from the discovery that she wished her to return and she does as a ghost.

In part a ghost story, Usha and Imtiaz are forced to combine efforts to solve the mystery surrounding the return of Kali Ma as well as the arrival of Lucky, another ghost. A conch shell passed down through the generations holds the secrets of promises, bargains and setting free those around us.

Searching for lost connections throughout history, Usha and Imtiaz make amazing discoveries, find themselves adapting to being sisters, and bringing together the community in new ways, ensuring a future for themselves and for those with greater need.

Imtiaz is full of spirit, bold and forced to be strong for she is alone in the world. Usha, shyer and less confrontational, must let Imtiaz into her sacred circle and this is challenging. Both girls have much to overcome and share.

I absolutely adored this book and feel bereft for having finished it. Such heart and soul, beauty and love conveyed within the pages. This book has the power to stick with you and make your heart sing.


      1. Oh that’s interesting. It’s definitely very different to this one and while I liked both River was definitely my favourite. Let me know if you decide to give it another go how you find it!


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