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Rea and the blood of the nectar / Payal Doshi ; illustrations by Beverly Johnson.

Doshi, Payal, (author.). Johnson, Beverly, (illustrator.).

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kenton County.

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0 current holds with 1 total copy.

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Erlanger Branch J DOSHI P (Text) 33126022675767 J New Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781645437635 (hardcover)
  • ISBN: 1645437639 (hardcover)
  • Physical Description: 369 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: [Somerville, MA] : Mango & Marigold Press, [2021]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Includes excerpt from Rea and the Sorcerer of Shadows.
Summary, etc.:
"It all begins on the night Rea turns twelve. After a big fight with her twin brother Rohan on their birthday, Rea's life in the small village of Darjeeling, India, gets turned on its head. It's four in the morning and Rohan is nowhere to be found. It hasn't even been a day and Amma acts like Rohan's gone forever. Her grandmother, too, is behaving strangely. Unwilling to give up on her brother, Rea and her friend Leela meet Mishti Daadi, a wrinkly old fortuneteller whose powers of divination set them off on a thrilling and secret quest. In the shade of night, they portal to an otherworldly realm and travel to Astranthia, a land full of magic and whimsy. There with the help of Xeranther, an Astranthian barrow boy, and Flula, a pari, Rea battles serpent-lilies and blood-sucking banshees, encounters a butterfly-faced woman and blue lizard-men, and learns that Rohan has been captured. Rea also discovers that she is a princess with magic. Only she has no idea how to use it. Struggling with the truth her Amma has kept hidden from her, Rea must solve clues that lead to Rohan, find a way to rescue him, and save Astranthia from a potentially deadly fate. But the clock is ticking. Can she rescue Rohan, save Astranthia, and live to see it all?" -- Amazon.
Subject: Family secrets > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
East Indians > Fiction.
Magic > Fiction.
Princesses > Fiction.
Animals, Mythical > Fiction.
Quests (Expeditions) > Fiction.
Imaginary places > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.

  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2021 April

    Gr 4–6—Rea is upset and unhappy with her family. It is her birthday, but her twin brother is ignoring that she shares it, her Amma is making her go pick tea, and then to top it off, both newly 12-year-olds are being told not to leave the small house in their village in Darjeeling, India. Though it has always been her home and Rea's family appears to be like all the other families there, she is about to find out she is not at all like the people of her village, and that her family holds a terrible and wonderful secret. When her brother Rohan goes missing, Rea enlists the help of potential friend Leena, who is from a large Indian family. The duo finds themselves transported through a banyan tree into the realm of Astranthia. Rea discovers that she is a princess and her family are the rightful rulers there; she also has magical control over nectar, the energy force that runs through the land. This puts her in great danger, but also allows her to fulfill her quest. The fantasy world of Astranthia is richly described with deadly lilies, talking plants, and people living in flower buds, giving readers a land in which to get lost. The plot in the middle becomes repetitive, with Rea's quest being slow to build; the narrative does not create the suspense that readers might crave in an adventure story. Rea does go through a believable transformation realizing the good people she is surrounded by and recognizing true friendship and family, but that is revealed more through explanation than an emotionally resonant connection readers will feel. Leena, on the other hand, is a fabulous character who is well defined, and readers will feel endeared to immediately. The glossary in back is extremely detailed and helpful in explaining Hindi and Napali words sprinkled throughout the text. Use of this language throughout reminds readers that this story is taking place in India even when in a realm of fantasy. VERDICT A verdant setting for a fantasy book that highlights the persistence of a young girl struggling with herself and her family secrets, both good and evil. A suggested purchase for larger collections.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury P.L., MA

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