Fertig’s new poems

“Poet, publisher and long-time supporter of the writing community, Salt Spring Island-based Mona Fertig (left) has released her first collection of poems in 14 years.” FULL STORY


The rat temple

August 26th, 2021

In her latest kidlit title Valley of the Rats (Cormorant 13.95), for ages 9 to 12, Mahtab Narsimhan tells the story of book nerd Krish who goes with his father to Ladakh, India. They get lost in a bamboo forest teeming with black rats and germs, which Krish hates. They end up in the hidden village, Imdur that has the custom of worshipping rats. By mistake, they break a sacred rule and the Imdura threaten to keep the two there forever. Based on the real “rat temple” Karni Mata in Rajashthan, India, Narsimhan’s story explores themes of family, phobias and understanding other cultures. Illustrations by Lee Edward Födi.9781770866287

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