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Anu feels tremendous guilt when Bapu, his beloved grandpa, suffers a fatal stroke while they are on a hike in the woods. Anu regrets not bringing his cell phone or running home fast enough to call 911. Anu is inspired to become a holy man, a healer, so that he can bring Bapu back. This amusing journey includes shaving his head, giving away his school lunches and somersaulting all the way to school. When nothing seems to work, his last chance is Karnak the magician. But Karnak turns out to be nothing more than an ordinary man in a costume suffering a cold. Back home, Anu comes across an old picture of himself, and realizes it is a picture of Bapu as a child. Bapu hasn’t really left; he’ll always be with Anu. Indeterminate Pacific Northwest setting.
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
When Anu's grandfather dies, he's willing to try whatever it takes to bring him back. This novel deals with a sensitive issue in an interesting way…but it doesn’t quite succeed. Hindu mythology is well worked into the story, with the children setting up a shrine, Anu praying to Garuda, and the boy setting out to become a holy man in order to bring back his grandfather. This is the book’s best point, giving Hindu readers a story they can relate to effortlessly. Also mentioned is the effects of September 11th on Anu’s life and the teasing that followed it. However, this seems more important than it is, and readers will be confused when it doesn’t pan out in the story. Though they will relate to Anu’s desire to bring his grandfather back from the dead, a lack of one clear thread—first he prays to the gods, then he plans to become a holy man, then he seeks a magician’s help—will leave them wanting. This is a decent book that excels on some levels, but not quite on its main point as a book dealing with the loss of a loved one. ( )
  MartyAllen | Dec 19, 2011 |
When his beloved grandfather dies, eight-year-old Anu feels that his spirit is near and will stop at nothing to bring him back, including trying to become a Hindu holy man.
  prkcs | Oct 23, 2007 |
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Anu's beloved grandfather Bapu moved from India to Anu's home in the Pacific Northwest when Anu was small, and Anu is devastated when Bapu dies. But when he is visited by Bapu's ghost, he knows that there must be a way to bring him back to life -- he's just not sure how. Anu enlists his friends Izzy and Unger to help him. From shaving his head to making up fortunes in the hope of becoming more holy, Anu tries everything. He even journeys to the island of the Mystery Museum. Perhaps there, Karnak the Magician will be able to help?

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When his beloved grandfather dies, eight-year-old Anu feels that his spirit is near and will stop at nothing to bring him back, including trying to become a Hindu holy man. Anu's beloved grandfather Bapu moved from India to Anu's home in the Pacific Northwest when Anu was small, and Anu is devastated when Bapu dies. But when he is visited by Bapu's ghost, he knows that there must be a way to bring him back to life -- he's just not sure how. Anu enlists his friends Izzy and Unger to help him. From shaving his head to making up fortunes in the hope of becoming more holy, Anu tries everything. He even journeys to the island of the Mystery Museum. Perhaps there, Karnak the Magician will be able to help?… (more)

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