Author Sheela Chari visited the Center for Fiction in May 2013, to discuss her new YA novel, Vanished



Eleven-year-old Neela dreams of being a famous musician, performing for admiring crowds on her traditional Indian stringed instrument. Her particular instrument was a gift from her grandmother—intricately carved with a mysterious-looking dragon. 

When this special family heirloom vanishes from a local church, strange clues surface: a tea kettle ornamented with a familiar pointy-faced dragon, a threatening note, a connection to a famous dead musician, and even a legendary curse. The clues point all the way to India, where it seems that Neela’s instrument has a long history of vanishing and reappearing. Even if Neela does track it down, will she be able to stop it from disappearing again?







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Sheela Chari has degrees from Stanford University, Boston University, and New York University, where she received an MFA in creative writing. Her novel, Vanished, was named as a 2012 Children's Literature Honor Book by the Asian Pacific-American Library association, and was nominated for an Edgar award for best juvenile mystery. She lives in New York with her husband and two daughters. Vanished is her first novel.