Nura and the Immortal Palace

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Nura and the Immortal Palace

Nura and the Immortal Palace

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nura and the rest of the kids in the mica mines risk their lives everyday to earn a little bit so that they can provide extra for the family. Nura’s family life at the start with her mother and brother and sisters is lovely to see, and her friendship with Faisal is one I really liked too. A magical and pacy middle-grade debut following a young girl’s adventure from modern-day Pakistan into the world of the jinn. It balances adventures and riddles to be solved with real conversations about child labor and about poverty.

In a Nutshell: A children’s fantasy from the Indian subcontinent – what a welcome change and a novel experience! Nura and the Immortal Palace is about Nura who is after a fabled treasure buried in the mine to help support her family experiencing financial troubles. An enchanting portal fantasy full of hope but one that also brings to light the harsh realities of poverty that are present around the world. Most of the children’s books I have read in my childhood had some or all of the following: Magical adventures; Best friends and squabbling but sweet siblings; Excitement for Christmas; biblical values; cakes and pies; pretty dresses for parties; elves/gnomes. Olly is flabbergasted when a horde of hamsters appear in his bedroom after crash-landing their spaceship in his neighbour’s garden pond.But when a terrible accident traps her best friend Faisal underground, she determines to save him - and crosses over into the magical and treacherous realm of the jinn. There are so many memories the book triggered in my head – Spirited Away (for the portal realm), Journey to the Centre of the Earth (the underground world), Hotel Magnifique (a legendary magical hotel with VIP guests and enslaved labourers). She currently resides in Toronto, Canada, with a hyperactive cat and an increasing selection of fantasy video games. The narrative is fast paced and full of action, and with a wealth of lyrical imagery, this superb fantasy shines like the mica glistening in the sunlight that Nura mentions as the story starts. I loved how the story incorporated South Asian culture and that I could look at Nura and see someone who looked like me.

It’s a compelling read and interesting with how colourful and amazing the jinn world seems at first, and it’s a story I’m sure I’ll enjoy reading again. Khan weaves a uniquely magical tale taking the tropes of jinn and presenting them as tragic, selfish, and all together untrustworthy. The most gloriously, richly illustrated cover of this book opens and takes the reader into a darkly intriguing and imaginative fantasy adventure that blends perfectly with a very real, central theme of child labour and the culture of exploitation of the poor by the wealthy.And the Studio Ghibli comparisons are completely apt: I can absolutely see this as a fantastic animated film! The atmosphere is bright and colourful but the realistic undertones are not to be missed among the glitters. a magical and enthralling adventure rooted in muslim culture and tradition is just exactly what i need right now. All her life Nura has been warned to stay away from trickster jinn, and now they are welcoming her into a palace with riches beyond measure. My final thought when turning the last page is that I wish there’d been a book like this when I was younger.

Some day she's going to find the Demon's Tongue, a legendary treasure buried deep in the mines, and her family will never have to worry about money again. She did make some rash decisions as well as assumptions (but who doesn’t) and she learns to acknowledge that. It is great to learn about other peoples faith, cultures and religions but the way it is discussed in the book is as though that is the only way. Small details like this demonstrate how much time and effort the author spent crafting this story meticulously.Nura was a bit irritating at times, but it was exactly the kind of stubbornness and slight egotism that would be realistic for a 12-year old forced to take on too much responsibility too early, and I loved that she ultimately was driven by love and care for her family and friends. Nura has worked all her life in the mica mines, earning just enough to keep her family afloat – and to enjoy the odd delicious gulab jamun from the market. From the start of the book Nura’s mother is very forward thinking and keen for her daughter not to work but to have an education. We’re introduced to the world of the jinn and the hotel Nura and other kids are stuck in and the magical nature is brought to life by M.

Aru Shah and the End of Time meets Studio Ghibli’s Spirited Away in this mesmerizing portal fantasy that takes readers into the little-known world of Jinn. I also really liked that one of the key messages of this book was education and the important part it plays in a person’s life. Born in Lahore, Pakistan, she currently resides in Toronto, Canada, with a hyperactive cat and an ever-increasing selection of tea. Her plan backfires when the mines collapse and four kids, including her best friend, Faisal, are claimed dead. By the end, Nura and the Immortal Palace also makes the readers realise why being educated is important.

There are grotesque characters with uncontrollable emotions and no morals who keep children - human and jinn alike - to do all their bidding. Nura is 12 years old and has worked all her life in the mica mines, hoping to someday find a legendary buried treasure: the Demon's Tongue. In the West our children can bemoan the need to get out of bed to go to school whereas it would be seen as a privilege if they knew of the hardships suffered by some young children in India and around the world where they are exploited as cheap labour. She focuses on stories close to her heart, evoking cultural and societal conversations through her works. A magical adventure rooted in Muslim culture and tradition, Nura and the Immortal Palace follows a young girl's journey from modern-day Pakistan into the world of the jinn.

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