You’ll get caught up in the magical world conjured in Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie, where emotions are expressed in weather and magical wishes flow in rivers.
Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Haroun Kalifa is astonished when his father loses the endless stream of stories that he always seems to possess. Determined to help his father, Haroun travels to the distant planet Gup, along with his sidekicks Iff the Water Genie, and Butt the Hoopoe bird.

Along the way, Haroun is swept away in a mission to rescue the Sea of Stories and the princess of Gup, who is widely known for her horrible singing.

With a little humor, a pinch of heroism, and a touch of romance, Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories is a must read for young and old alike.

(Ananya Ram is my 11-year-old cousin who is visiting on vacation.)