Vande Mataram!' The song of the freedom fighters is ringing in the countryside. It is 1939. In the little village of Shona Gram in Bengal, Neela hears about how the freedom fighters will stop at nothing till they send the British back. The day after her sister's wedding, her father decides to go to Calcutta and join a protest march called by the Congress. He promises to be back in a week. But when three weeks go by and there is still no sign of him, Neela decides to take matters into her hand.
Dressed as a wandering minstrel, she arrives in Calcutta. There she befriends Bimala, the rich daughter of a judge and cousin of Samar, a young freedom fighter Neela had rescued from the police in her village. They begin a desperate search for her father and get to know he is in jail and that he will be deported to the Andaman Islands in a few days. Neela is determined to free her father. But can a twelve-year-old girl outwit the mighty British empire? Set in a dramatic period in India's history, this racy adventure will have you turning the pages to find out if Neela finally manages to succeed in her mission.
Age: 9 and up
Number of Pages: 131
Publisher: Puffin Books
Author: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni