Arohan is desperate for a guitar. What eight year old boy isn't? So when Arohan's grandmother gives him a plain old bamboo flute for his birthday, he is understandably a little upset. But the xiao is ordinary flute. An instrument steeped in the myths and legends of China, the xiao has its own special magic, as Arohan is soon to discover. When his brothers go missing on the slopes of the hill behind their home in Malaysia, Arohan must ensure they return safe and sound. But does he have what it takes to placate the guardian of the bamboo grove and summon the mythical phoenix? A touching and courageous story of a young boy's love for his family and the magical things that can happen when you listen to your heart.
Tutu Dutta-Yean is a raconteur of tales and the keeper of old knowledge and wisdom. She was born in India but grew up in Malaysia. As an undergraduate, she was awarded a scholarship by Japan Airlines to attend Summer School at Sophia University in Tokyo, Japan. Japan's rich cultural heritage and folklore treasure trove was an eye-opening experience for her. She is the author of several books, including Timeless Tales of Malaysia, Eight Treasures of the Dragon, and the middle grade series The Jugra Chronicles. In addition to her writing, Tutu has presented the paper 'Adapting Asian Folktales for Children's and YA Literature' at the Asian Festival of Children's Content in Singapore 2013, sponsored by the Singapore Book Council, and has also been one of the judges for the Scholastic Asia Young Writers Award 2014. You can find out more about Tutu and her work here: www.tutudutta.blogspot.com.