Om Shanti BABE by Helen Limon
Children Stories – 215 pages
Winner of the 2011 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Award
Cassia can’t wait for her first visit to India – Bollywood glamour, new friends to admire her uber-cool street-dance moves…. But as she steps into real Indian life, NOTHING is as she expected…
Cass is with her mum in Kerala, on a buying trip for their Fair Trade craft shop, and everything seems to be going wrong. There’s Mum’s new romance with “call-me-V” Mr Chaudury for a start, her own prickly stand-off with pretty, fashion-mad Priyanka, and the devastating news that her mum’s business may be on the rocks. But then pop idol Jonny Gold arrives at the beach to promote his new song, Om Shanti Babe, sparking a mystery, new friendships and a race to save the mangrove swamps…
Fizzing with energy, and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a roller-coaster journey of discovery, which also has an exciting environmental twist – all against the backdrop of beautiful Kerala.