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ABOUT THE BOOK

Indian writer Paro Anand writes the story of an Indian boy, while Swedish author Orjan Persson writes of a young Swedish girl, both of whom are visiting Goa for the first time. Although they are strangers, their destinies become entwined in strange and magical ways. In the sea, living the fantastical life of dolphins, they discover each other as well as themselves. Written as two books in one, this is a unique adventure of self-discovery, for the protagonists as well as their creators.

SNAPSHOT REVIEW

  • This is a unique cross-cultural collaboration, telling the same story from two different viewpoints and contexts. Each author is paired with a different illustrator, giving each story a unique look. This is also a ‘flip-around’ book, and you can turn it any way and start from either end (beginning?).
  • A graphic novel for young adults is great news. Comics are usually looked down upon by Indian parents, teachers and librarians for older children, who then miss out on this wonderful and imaginative storytelling medium.
  • While the concept, collaboration, artwork and production are great, the story itself not so much. The fantasy element seems inserted randomly, and the YA tropes (being a misfit and insta-love, to name a couple) make it a predictable read. Also, the same story being told twice, from the perspective of different characters, is not so appealing.
  • There is quite a bit of exoticisation of India, which – considering this is a book produced in India – should really have been dealt with.

CONCLUSION

An unusual young adult graphic novel, with two covers and no back cover, but one wishes the story and narration could have been a bit more imaginative.

BOOK DETAILS


Authors: Paro Anand and Orjan Persson
Illustrators: Garima Gupta and Kaveri Gopalakrishnan
Language: English
Page Extent: 164 pages
Price: Rs. 595
ISBN: 978-93-86313-53-9
Publisher: Scholastic, 2017
Subject category: Fiction/Young Adult/Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Age-group: 12+

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