Wednesday, December 4, 2013

World of Words Wednesday - A Book Review and more...



by Varsha Bajaj
Published 2014
Age Levels: 9-13, Grades: 4-8
Pages: 256

My thoughts: 
Bollywood lured me in and Abby as well as her dad and of course, Shaan kept me engaged in the story till the very last page.
After a brush with death(well, almost) – more like a major allergic reaction – Abby’s desire to discover her dad increased.  Once she realized her dad was ‘The Star’ in Bollywood, she is not sure what to do but as her mom and she reach out to her dad followed by an invitation and Abby’s trip to Bollywood, Abby finds herself in a strange new world – one she grows to love very soon. How she gets ingrained into this new life and know her dad and grandma as well as others in his household is sweet. 
All the characters in this book are wonderful, from the faithful retainer at her dad's place who becomes her friend, to the demanding dance director who gives Abby and Shaan their 15 minutes(well seconds) of fame! You can read the book and find out how:) Glimpses into Bollywood, Mumbai, and India, as well as the experiences of Abby because of the cultural differences all add to this story to make it interesting and fun.
The only thing that I did not like in this story was that I felt that it ended abruptly – I wished there was more after that. So, if there is going to be another book - either with Abby in it, or even if not, another book, by Varsha Bajaj, I will be sure to read it since this was definitely a nice read. 

Rating: B
Reading Level: Middle Grade

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley for providing the ebook copy of this book for this review.  

And while you are in Bollywood and the food of Mumbai's streets mode, head on over to enter the giveaway for a totally delish book on my blog here

shako -  
A shako (/ˈʃæk/, /ˈʃk/, or /ˈʃɑːk/) is a tall, cylindrical military cap, usually with a visor, and sometimes tapered at the top. It is usually adorned with some kind of ornamental plate or badge on the front, metallic or otherwise, and often has a feather, plume (see hackle), or pompon attached at the top.
Image: A French naval Shako, Musée de la Marine, Paris. Probably Naval Infantry, around 1829 
Attribution: Wikipedia: Photograph by Rama {{CeCILL}} 

nocked - this refers to the groove at either end of a bow for holding the bowstring. 
As a verb, it refers to the act of putting a nock in (a bow or arrow) or to fit (an arrow) to a bowstring.



For ABC Wednesday's letter U - I present Upworthy - I am sure many of you might already know about it or have definitely seen one or many of  their news stories - things that matter. pass them on. - is their tagline. I admit to feeling ambushed when their stories flood my Facebook page (the phrase 'too much of a good thing and now I have chosen to hide them there but I do visit the site every so often to check out new stories that are Upworthy. If you have not yet, check out a couple of my favorite stories here and here

4 comments:

  1. Oh, I know what you mean about uplifting stuff on FB - good in moderation, but it's been overwhelming so far, pretty much since before Thanksgiving.

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  2. It sounds like that book was written with a sequel in mind.

    I've seen hats like that before but never knew their name. Nocked is new for me too!

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  3. Yes, I agree, and it's this time of year everyone remembers to try to be upworthy...more is needed throughout the entire year, though.

    Leslie
    abcw team

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  4. I have not come across 'Upworthy' before, however I have stopped off on the way here and checked out the links you published, plus some other interesting stuff I found along the way. As you say, it could begin to feel as though you were being bombarded with their articles, but it is a site I may decide to visit on an occasional basis, so thanks for the introduction.

    I am not too sure whether either of the books you feature would be good for me. 'Abby Spencer...' is just a little too firmly entrenched in the YA genre for my liking and although I absolutely love Indian food (we have just eaten a curry for dinner by pure coincidence), I really couldn't ever see myself becoming a vegetarian. I will quite often have a vegetarian option if we go out to eat, but I definitely couldn't survive on a diet devoid of meat completely.

    'Shako' and 'Nocked' are both new words to me, although funnily enough, I do know all of your accessory words connected with the shako. I can't work out that scenario at all ... but such is life!

    Thanks for a great Wednesday post, so very interesting.

    Yvonne.

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Love to hear from you! I do read all your comments and do reply whenever I can.. but I will definitely hop on over to visit you...