by Nidhi Chanani (Author)

Reading Level: 6th — 7th Grade
Priyanka Das has so many unanswered questions: Why did her mother abandon her home in India years ago? What was it like there? And most importantly, who is her father, and why did her mom leave him behind? But Pri's mom avoids these questions--the topic of India is permanently closed.

For Pri, her mother's homeland can only exist in her imagination. That is, until she find a mysterious pashmina tucked away in a forgotten suitcase. When she wraps herself in it, she is transported to a place more vivid and colorful than any guidebook or Bollywood film. But is this the real India? And what is that shadow lurking in the background? To learn the truth, Pri must travel farther than she's ever dared and find the family she never knew.

In this heartwarming graphic novel debut, Nidhi Chanani weaves a tale about the hardship and self-discovery that is born from juggling two cultures and two worlds.

  • A Junior Library Guild Selection 2017
  • Amazon Top Twenty Children's Book of the Year 2017
  • Amazon Best Book of the month December 2017
  • Chicago Public Library Best Book of 2017
  • Texas Maverick Graphic Novel 2017
  • Northern California Indie Bookseller Association Long-List Title

Review quotes

"Chanani masterfully turns the complex immigrant narrative into a magical and captivating work of art." —New York Times

"Chanani's debut graphic novel is a charming blend of fantasy and reality with a feminist twist." —Washington Post

"In this spectacular debut graphic novel, a young woman searches for the truths of her past." —Teen Vogue

"Colorful and deeply personal, Pashmina illuminates the experience of an Indian-American teenager and invites us to contemplate the power of our choices." —Gene Luen Yang, national bestselling author of American Born Chinese

"Pashmina is filled to the brim with magic and heart." —Victoria Jamieson, author or Roller Girl

"Most impressive is the way Chanani keeps the story's distinct and fascinating plot elements spinning. One work can't represent a whole subcontinent, but readers will come away with a living sense of a small part of it—and characters to care about." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"This dazzling blend of realistic fiction and fantasy is perfect for fans of characters who have to overcome obstacles on their way to growing up." —School and Library Journal, starred review

"An original graphic novel written and illustrated by an Indian-American creator, this is both a needed contribution and a first-rate adventure tale." —Kirkus

"Chanani's debut is a lively, engaging exploration of culture, heritage, and self-discovery." —Booklist

"Fantasy with humor and substance, this is a book for girls seeking empowerment and agency." —The Bullitin of the Center for Childrens Books

Nidhi Chanani
Nidhi Chanani was born in Kolkata, India and raised in California. She creates illustrations that capture love in everyday moments which are often featured at Disney Parks. In 2012 she was honored by the Obama Administration as a Champion of Change. She's the author of Pashmina, Shubh Raatri Dost/Good Night Friend, and illustrator of I Will Be Fierce. Nidhi draws and dreams in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and kid.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
October 20, 2017
Junior Library Guild Selection 2017

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