CHANNILLO
Lovely Summer's Shade
By Moushumi Chakrabarty

Series Description:

A young boy immigrating with his parents from India to Canada finds himself at the tip of curious experiences. Increasingly alienated from his parents who are busy with 'the mortgage' and bringing him up in their own images, Somu rebels silently against his parents expectations of what a boy should be like.

According to his parents he should be good at soccer and math and an outgoing sort. Or else, his mother warns, 'life in this country will only be harder'.

Unhappy and shy, Somu retreats into books about plants and the natural world, his true passion. He finds solace at his summer job in the reclusive Mrs Aich's garden. There he comes upon the mysterious cloud tree and learns of its magical powers.

Somu is whisked away to another world with the help of the cloud tree and realizes he is the village chief's much-loved son. He makes friends with the village folk, but crosses swords with the priest who has a sinister agenda - cutting away of the forest in the village. Though it is difficult for Somu to speak his views on the thing he most cares about, he is impelled to do so.

However, in the fracas, the priest is killed when the huge trunk of a tree falls on him. Will Somu be able to break free from his shyness and inertia, giving voice to his true feelings about the importance of a green earth? Does he return to the world he left behind?

Category/Genre(s): Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Updated: Weekly
Status: Ongoing









Series Description:

A young boy immigrating with his parents from India to Canada finds himself at the tip of curious experiences. Increasingly alienated from his parents who are busy with 'the mortgage' and bringing him up in their own images, Somu rebels silently against his parents expectations of what a boy should be like.

According to his parents he should be good at soccer and math and an outgoing sort. Or else, his mother warns, 'life in this country will only be harder'.

Unhappy and shy, Somu retreats into books about plants and the natural world, his true passion. He finds solace at his summer job in the reclusive Mrs Aich's garden. There he comes upon the mysterious cloud tree and learns of its magical powers.

Somu is whisked away to another world with the help of the cloud tree and realizes he is the village chief's much-loved son. He makes friends with the village folk, but crosses swords with the priest who has a sinister agenda - cutting away of the forest in the village. Though it is difficult for Somu to speak his views on the thing he most cares about, he is impelled to do so.

However, in the fracas, the priest is killed when the huge trunk of a tree falls on him. Will Somu be able to break free from his shyness and inertia, giving voice to his true feelings about the importance of a green earth? Does he return to the world he left behind?

Category/Genre(s): Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Updated: Weekly
Status: Ongoing