- Publisher: Fiza Pathan Publishing OPC Private Limited Imprint: Freedom With Pluralism
- ISBN: 978-81-940558-4-6
- Published: November 23, 2020
Someone is Burning My Lord, Kumbaaya, is a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award for Best Juvenile / Y.A.
About the Book
Kumbaaya, a nine-year-old boy, keeps asking himself and the other students, “who is Guruji and how does he do those impossible things!” They attend an exclusive school for boys, taught by Guruji, where they learn to control special powers.
A twelve-year-old child bride is almost burned alive on the funeral pyre with her ninety-nine-year-old, deceased husband. Kumbaaya and his fellow student warriors needed Guruji’s help to save the girl and defeat a giant, even with their supernatural weapons and skills.
Their schooling and skills are put to the test again in other deadly situations.
Will Kumbaaya survive transformative discipline when he goes against Guruji?
Will Guruji’s school for boys fracture with the presence of the girl-bride?
Will Kumbaaya be killed or kidnapped by the travelers from the future?
I enjoyed this story set in India, a few millennia ago. While the boys have a hard time staying out of trouble, they do rise to the occasion when circumstances require it.
Their commentary about the future is funny at times.
The story is fun with supernatural elements and a surprising twist or two near the end. I award 5 stars for this MG/ YA adventure! -Mark Shultz