Hari's family are fisher folk, but with no fish left in their bay, times are hard. In order to catch the ones further out they need a flat-bottomed boat with an outboard motor, not a rickety, coconut-wood vessel. But in order to get one of these they need capital, and in order to get capital they need to sell fish...Hari is a boy with a heart of gold, who rises above his humble origins, striving to help his family and show everyone that family feuds and village superstitions are better off forgotten. Bamba Beach is a contemporary Indian story set in Goa.
Pratima Mitchell comes from a family of writers and was first published at the age of eleven. She has written over 22 books, the most recent of which include a picture book, Petar's Song, illustrated by Caroline Binch (Frances Lincoln), and Indian Mutiny for the My Story series (Scholastic). Her latest novel for teens, The Crow Her Brother, will be published by Walker Books in 2009.