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"There was a swish of a tail and for the first time in more than seventy years, the bazaar at Giripuram was Gangamma-less. At the ripe old age of seventy-nine and a quarter, Gangamma the gardener comes across a rather unusual object--a gharial-shaped earring that can take her anywhere in the world. On her very first trip, she tries to kidnap an apple tree, only to discover that it has a guardian--a sullen twelve-year-old girl, and an unlikely friendship springs between the two. But that s only the beginning of this story ... or well, the middle, depending on how you look at it. This book is no teleporter, but it will transport you (whether you re twelve or seventy-nine) to a fabulous (as in, fable-like) land of strange creatures and odd heroes, and where things are never what they seem."--Page[4] of cover.