Neela Krishnan received a unique and beautiful veena, an Indian instrument, from her grandmother in India. Her grandmother states to always take care of the veena. She brings her veena to show her sixth grade class for ‘Instruments Around the World’ week. Her troubles begin when she walks home from school with her veena when it begins to rain hard. Neela enters a local church to take cover from the rain, but then the veena suddenly vanishes. There are many clues that Neela tries to piece together to discover where her veena has vanished to. Dragons, musicians, legends, and more somehow connect for Neela to try to find her veena.
I really enjoyed Vanished and it kept my interest until the end. It may be a ‘children’s book’, but I couldn’t stop reading it. My review only highlights the first two chapters, since I don’t want to give too much away.
Here is some additional veena information provided by the author. A veena is one of India’s oldest instruments that dates to the eleventh century. A veena’s size ranges from four to six feet and weighs from ten to twelve pounds. Veenas have additional details, such as animals made from wood or paper-mâché, gemstones, and carvings. It is a unique instrument and doesn’t compare to a Western instrument. Here are some veena photos: