The Conch Bearer

by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0689872429 Global Overview for this book
Registered by elsi of Sanger, Texas USA on 11/11/2007
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6 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by elsi from Sanger, Texas USA on Sunday, November 11, 2007
What an excellent book for young readers. The publisher says 8-12 and I'm thinking that young teens might also enjoy it. This adult certainly found it delightful.

From the back cover:
In a dingy shack in the less-than-desirable Indian neighborhood he calls home, twelve-year-old Anand is entrusted with a conch shell that possesses mystical powers. His task is to return the shell to its rightful home many hundreds of miles away. Accompanying him are Nisha, a headstrong but resourceful child of the streets, and a mysterious man of indeterminate age and surprising resources named Abadhyatta. His quest will take him farther from home than he's ever been and will teach him more than he ever imagined—and it will force him to make a poignant decision that will change him forever.

This book won many awards including Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, Book Sense Top Ten Pick, Booklist Editor's Choice, and Texas Bluebonnet Master List Selection.

Journal Entry 2 by elsi from Sanger, Texas USA on Saturday, March 29, 2008
Mailed this book to Shaunesay who won it in the March Fantasy swap at BookObsessed.

Journal Entry 3 by shaunesay from Olathe, Kansas USA on Sunday, April 06, 2008
They have arrived! I like the cover ornamentation on them, I'm looking forward to giving this author a try, thanks!

Sending off to BC in DC for the Book Buffet!

Journal Entry 5 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Sunday, May 01, 2011
So Elsi you couldn't make it to the BC convention but your book did! (Though I didn't realize this until I am journaling it now.)

The story does sound interesting, and now I got to read the back cover I realize it is the same author as several well known titles, so this looks very promising!

Journal Entry 6 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, January 18, 2017
A very interesting story that keeps me turning the pages. Indeed, who says it's for 8-12? While in essence it's a fairly typical quest adventure, there are plenty of surprising elements to keep the book entertaining.

That said, there seems to be plenty of unanswered question, that maybe the conch will know the answer? Like, really, who's the candy seller? What's the deal with Nisha's name?

This book is now waiting for its next adventure. It's going to attend the BC con in Oslo!!

Released 2 yrs ago (4/22/2017 UTC) at Bookcrossing Convention Oslo 2017 in St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway


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Journal Entry 8 by lilith89 at St. Hanshaugen bydel, Oslo fylke Norway on Saturday, April 22, 2017
I picked this up at the convention, I think I will like it 😄

Released 10 mos ago (4/25/2019 UTC) at Haus der Jugend - BC Convention 2019 in Mainz, Rheinland-Pfalz Germany


Brought with us from Gothenburg, Sweden to the Bookcrossing convention.

Journal Entry 10 by bookguide at Wijchen, Gelderland Netherlands on Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Selected from the table at the wonderful BC convention in Mainz to be added to my enormous Mount TBR. Even though I love the cover and enjoy fairy tale-like stories, I wasn't going to take this, but it was still there near the end, so I took pity on it. Just as well I took a huge bag with wheels. Thank you, Azuki.

Journal Entry 11 by bookguide at OBCZ-Westerpark in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, January 18, 2020

Released 1 mo ago (1/18/2020 UTC) at OBCZ-Westerpark in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland Netherlands


A boy with humble roots in modern-day India is chosen by a mystical stranger to join him in a quest. There's a girl who's smarter than him. There's an object that can drain your power if you use it too much. There are evil people trying to overtake them. There's even a train! As a Harry Potter / LOTR / traditional story fan, this was right up my street and the cover art was beautiful, too. Not as addictive as HP, mind you, but I'd certainly read more.
Taken to the Dutch New Year’s meeting in Amsterdam.
This book has been released as part of the following BookCrossing challenges:
- The Ultimate Challenge - read and release books, with extra points for a monthly theme
- Reduce Mount TBR (To Be Read) - read and release books on the TBR list since before the end of the previous year. My reading goal is 36 books.

Journal Entry 12 by wingSmitie1405wing at Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland Netherlands on Saturday, January 18, 2020
I got it during the bookcrossing meeting in Amsterdam. The story sounds interesting.

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