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Narrated by Alan Cumming. SLJ review: "Anand's compassionate gesture of sharing his tea with an old man in a Calcutta market leads to radical changes in the 12-year-old's life. The stranger is a member of the Brotherhood of Healers and invites the boy to join him on a dangerous journey to return a magical conch shell to its proper home in the far-off Himalayas. Along with Nisha, a sweeper-girl who insists on joining them, Anand and Abhaydatta travel to the mountains pursued by the evil Surabhanu, a power-hungry ex-member of the brotherhood. Anand struggles in his own mind, doubting Abhaydatta's motives and the existence of magic, jealous of Nisha's comfortable relationship with the old man, and occasionally succumbing to Surabhanu's tempting illusions. When he finally reaches the Silver Valley, more challenges await him before he can enter. In the end, he faces the most difficult choice of all--to stay in the world of magic he had always dreamed of or return to his family."
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
I did not like this book at all (except for the end) it did not attract me at all. The story was boring and did not go anywhere until like the 15 page then it started to pick up its pace. The ending was definitely better than the beginning. But the end did not move very fast i was just waiting and waiting for it to end. ( )
  Merey | Mar 21, 2011 |
The book the “The Conch Bearer” the book is a very unique and marvelous book since this book is a world literature and a Fantasy book. The author of this book is Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This books major character is Anand and about his life and his family.

This book is essentially about the adventures of Anand and his life since he is the one in his family that is earning since his dad left their whole family to another country and never came back. There are times when Anand feels so bad when he looks at children that are going to school but he is unable to since they can’t afford it. He has a little sister that is unable to talk to find out his sister’s problem and how she gets healed is to read this fascinating book.

One day Anand spots a old man that is standing outside the shop that Anand works in and Anand decides to help him and that decision changes Anands whole life. To find out the change in life you will have to read this book and your eyes will be glued to this book until you don’t finish reading it. ( )
  shalinih | Nov 9, 2010 |
Anand is a poor Indian boy who is entrusted with a mystical conch and the task of returning it to the Silver Valley. Before he even leaves Kalcutta he finds a mentor, an enemy, and a friend but he still has a long way to go. Lots of lovely Indian imagery and many adventures make this a wonderful introduction to India. ( )
  cabri | Apr 12, 2010 |
Unexpected ending, series, quest, friendship ( )
  LynnMK | Aug 30, 2009 |
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In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta. His quest will take him farther from home than he's ever been and will teach him more than he ever imagined -- and it will force him to make a poignant decision that will change him forever.

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In India, a healer invites twelve-year-old Anand to join him on a quest to return a magical conch to its safe and rightful home, high in the Himalayan mountains.

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