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The Silver Anklet

Tara Trilogy

by Mahtab Narsimhan

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contemporary, girls & women
list price: $8.99
also available: Paperback
published: 2009
publisher: Dundurn Press
Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
12 to 15
5 to 8
Reading age:
12 to 15
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The Silver Anklet (Tara Trilogy)

The second instalment of the Tara Trilogy opens with a sense of foreboding. At the edge of a carnival, amidst the trill of laughing children, Tara looks into the shadows at the edge of the forest and spots a hyena. This sighting soon sets in motion a thrilling and terrifying journey to save her brother and, once again, defeat Lord Zarku.

Carefully crafted language transports the reader right into this sequel to The Third Eye. Mahtab Narsimhan expertly evokes vivid imagery in a sensory feast that allows us to feel the dense heat of the forest, the isolation of the children and their steely determination to survive.

The introduction of some new characters adds depth to the story. An ensemble cast of children whose quirks, fears and personalities seem to both compliment and clash help to make the relationships realistic.

There is no time to pause for breath in this novel. The narrative moves at a cracking pace, ensuring that the tension continues to run high. A sinister manifestation of a childhood game is an exciting and frightening plot device that will keep readers at the edge of their seats, anxious to know the outcome.

Mahtab Narsimhan is a mystical and captivating new voice in Canadian children’s literature. The Silver Anklet is a well-crafted adventure that is highly recommended for readers aged 10 to 13.

Source: The Canadian Children's Bookcentre. Winter 2010. Vol.33 No.1.

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What if the only way to get rid of your worst enemy was to sacrifice your brother?

When hyenas snatch Taras brother, Suraj, and two other children from the local fair in Morni, Tara and her newfound companions decide to rescue them on their own. Tara soon discovers that Zarku, her nemesis with the third eye, is back and intent on revenge.

A deadly game of hide and seek ensues, and Tara and her companions must work together to survive. But it is soon clear that Zarku is only after Tara; the others are dispensable.

Should Tara risk the lives of her friends? Or can she once again defeat Zarku and save her brother, armed only with belief in herself and a silver anklet?

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Editorial Review

“Mahatab Narsimhan has done a really good job giving mythology an engrossing modern plot. Read it for a quick adventurous read.”

— The Guardian
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About the Author

Mahtab Narsimhan

Mahtab Narsimhan is the author of a young adult trilogy, four middle-grade novels, and two picture books. Her first novel, The Third Eye, won the Silver Birch Award. Its sequels, The Silver Anklet and The Deadly Conch, have received critical acclaim, and Narsimhan’s standalone novel The Tiffin, was nominated for the Red Maple Fiction Award, the Manitoba Young Readers’ Choice Award and the SYRCA Snow Willow Award. A native of Mumbai (Bombay), Narsimhan now lives in British Columbia.
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