Finding Mighty by Sheela Chari

Finding Mighty

Along the train lines north of New York City, twelve-year-old neighbors Myla and Peter search for the link between Myla’s necklace and the disappearance of Peter’s brother, Randall. Thrown into a world of parkour, graffiti, and diamond-smuggling, Myla and Peter encounter a band of thugs who are after the same thing as Randall. Can Myla and Peter find Randall before it’s to...

Title:Finding Mighty
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Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:272 pages

Finding Mighty Reviews

  • Tim

    New York sixth grader and Indian American Myla (no one can pronounce her actual name) dreams of being noticed…she’s short, and doesn’t see anything remarkable in herself. Mixed-race Peter just wants to hang out with his older brother Randall since their mother is busy (when she’s not nervous about something) and their father has been dead for years. Myla buys a necklace with an Om (Sanskrit letter) on it hoping it will draw attention, and a creepy guy tries to get it back from her. Peter’s broth

    New York sixth grader and Indian American Myla (no one can pronounce her actual name) dreams of being noticed…she’s short, and doesn’t see anything remarkable in herself. Mixed-race Peter just wants to hang out with his older brother Randall since their mother is busy (when she’s not nervous about something) and their father has been dead for years. Myla buys a necklace with an Om (Sanskrit letter) on it hoping it will draw attention, and a creepy guy tries to get it back from her. Peter’s brother vanishes…and then their mother insists they move AGAIN. Parallel mysteries narrated by the two main characters intersect as the two meet and (slowly) learn to trust each other.

    What does the Om necklace have to do with the graffiti Om tags appearing around New York & suburbs? How does that tie in to Randall’s disappearance? And does any of this have anything to do with Peter’s father’s death or the diamonds his grandmother is reported to have helped to steal? Sheela Chari’s second mystery is as intriguing as her Edgar-award nominated first mystery Vanished. Very realistic, intelligent, urban middle-classed tween characters people (and solve) this page-turning mystery. Well worth every young mystery reader’s time.

  • Lessa

    A great mystery for middle grade readers featuring interesting, flawed, and lovable diverse characters!

  • Stephanie

    This book is SO SO SO good!

    I absolutely loved Sheela Chari's first MG mystery,

    , but this is even a step up from that in complexity and depth: an utterly thrilling MG suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout (there was one point when I had to set it down for a moment and take a breath because I was feeling REALLY tense with nerves for the characters!) that also has utterly wonderful, deep characterization and vivid, compelling voices for both of the alternating PoV

    This book is SO SO SO good!

    I absolutely loved Sheela Chari's first MG mystery,

    , but this is even a step up from that in complexity and depth: an utterly thrilling MG suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat throughout (there was one point when I had to set it down for a moment and take a breath because I was feeling REALLY tense with nerves for the characters!) that also has utterly wonderful, deep characterization and vivid, compelling voices for both of the alternating PoV characters, Myla and Peter. There's so much deep, lovely stuff in here about family and friendship - and it's also just incredibly exciting and full of Parkour and danger and awesomeness!

    I read an e-ARC of this but will definitely be buying a copy for my kids to read when they're old enough. DEFINITELY worth pre-ordering this one, guys - and if you haven't read

    yet, now would be a great moment! :)

  • Sarah

    Missing diamonds, graffiti, parkour & middle schoolers caught in the middle of it all. What more could you want?

  • Victoria Peipert

    There are so many things I loved about this book. So here's the list!

    1. The diverse characters. This story built on a variety of diverse characters. Tag artists, an Indian family, a mixed-race single mother with two boys. I could keep going! What's better is that these characters were built not just added to element. Their backgrounds and elements of their cultures were woven throughout the story making these characters very dimensional and fascinating.

    2. The adventurous storyline. I love a YA

    There are so many things I loved about this book. So here's the list!

    1. The diverse characters. This story built on a variety of diverse characters. Tag artists, an Indian family, a mixed-race single mother with two boys. I could keep going! What's better is that these characters were built not just added to element. Their backgrounds and elements of their cultures were woven throughout the story making these characters very dimensional and fascinating.

    2. The adventurous storyline. I love a YA novel with adventure and mystery and this book does it! It builds in ways I didn't anticipate and ended in a way I never would have expected either. While it's definitely on the more dramatic side (i.e. a teen searching for diamonds his father hid before he died) it's a fun adventure that the reader gets to take along with the characters.

    3. There were true historical/geographical elements built into the story! The author took time to research the history around Dobbs Ferry and the aqueducts in the area. This was a great way to build a real landscape around the story and add interesting historical facts for young readers.

    Overall, I highly recommend this book!!

  • Jen Naughton

      This fast-paced mystery about parkour and diamond smuggling was a hit for me. I picked up the uncorrected proof version at ALA, so I'm not sure if the finished edition is the same, but I hope it is. The book setting of New York City is always welcome as well as the way this book features urban art as part of the plot. 

    Myla (No one can pronounce her full name) and Peter are twelve-year-old neighbors who tell their story in alternating chapters. Myla buys a necklace with an Om (Sanskrit letter)

      This fast-paced mystery about parkour and diamond smuggling was a hit for me. I picked up the uncorrected proof version at ALA, so I'm not sure if the finished edition is the same, but I hope it is. The book setting of New York City is always welcome as well as the way this book features urban art as part of the plot. 

    Myla (No one can pronounce her full name) and Peter are twelve-year-old neighbors who tell their story in alternating chapters. Myla buys a necklace with an Om (Sanskrit letter) on it at a street fair, and a creepy guy tries to retrieve it from her. Peter’s brother vanishes, and then their mother insists they move AGAIN. Parallel mysteries narrated by the two main characters intersect as the two meet and (slowly) learn to trust each other. 

    It's not a spoiler to author Sheela Chari planted a few red herrings. I thought I had it all figured out a few times and I was wrong. This story has a highly satisfying ending and a facts and fiction section in case the reader wants some clarification on the finer points of the plot.

  • Skip

    This book was not for me. I thought the plot sounded interesting, but it smoldered and winked out. Two new kids in Dobbs Ferry are neighbors: one from a loving Indian family, and one running from the 'hood, missing his brother. With graffiti and a search for smuggled diamonds in the background and a gang seeking retribution, the plotlines were either contrived, convoluted or both. While I got the connection between the two kids, which seemed sensible, the rest of the relationships in the book we

    This book was not for me. I thought the plot sounded interesting, but it smoldered and winked out. Two new kids in Dobbs Ferry are neighbors: one from a loving Indian family, and one running from the 'hood, missing his brother. With graffiti and a search for smuggled diamonds in the background and a gang seeking retribution, the plotlines were either contrived, convoluted or both. While I got the connection between the two kids, which seemed sensible, the rest of the relationships in the book were weird, strained, or preposterous. My advice is to skip this one.

  • Alan 김 승 주

    Good book

    Hope there's a second one

    nice mystery book

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