WHAT MAYA SAW: A TALE OF SHADOWS, SECRETS, CLUES

WHAT MAYA SAW: A TALE OF SHADOWS, SECRETS, CLUES

ABOUT THE BOOK

Almost from the moment Maya steps into St Paul’s College, she is afraid. Everywhere she goes, she encounters questions and secrets. Not to mention the Shadows — a bunch of drop-dead gorgeous students who she realises will do anything to keep their youth and beauty. Even Kill.

Maya wants no part of this sinister adventure, but she soon finds that she doesn’t have a choice. Only she can unravel the trail of clues laid long ago by a dead priest. Unsure about whom she can trust and believe, Maya launches into a clue hunt across Mumbai — and in the process learns about love, friendship and growing up.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • Author Shabnam Minwalla has written a deep and engaging fantasy adventure using well-known Mumbai landmarks that is likely to engage a discerning teenage reader.
  • This is not a light, frothy, frivolous adventure; perhaps it wouldn’t be amiss to call this the first literary young-adult fantasy in Indian children’s publishing.
  • With almost 350 densely filled pages of story, this is a YA novel that you can really get your teeth into.
  • The measured, elaborate style of storytelling isn’t every teenager’s cup of tea. The book is slow to start, and it requires a concerted effort to keep reading.

CONCLUSION

An intelligent, literary fantasy adventure for young adults, but don’t expect an engrossing, page-turning experience.

BOOK DETAILS

Author: Shabnam Minwalla
Language: English
Page Extent: 360 pages
Price: Rs. 299.00
ISBN: 978-93-5277-469-2
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2017
Subject category: Fiction/YA/Adventure
Age-group: 13+

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