Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — A story of determination, love and family, The Venetian Regatta by Srinivas Balagopal is a fascinating and heartwarming tale of a young boy who wants to find money for her mother’s ailment. Now, when an opportunity knocked at the boy’s doorstep, he immediately grabbed it, thinking that it’s his only chance to help his mother. Just when he thought his problem is already solved, someone will try to offer him something that will change his life forever. Brimming with life lessons and pure human emotions, this book teaches readers the importance of sportsmanship. Children and children at hearts will definitely love and enjoy this delightful and inspiring volume.
Mario is a poor boy in sixteenth century Venice who ferries passengers in his gondolini. His mother is ill and his father is away on an expedition. A famous doctor is visiting Venice, but Mario does not have the money to pay him to treat his mother.
One day, Mario hears about the Regatta and the prize money of a thousand gold pieces. He then decides to take part in it. Paolo had won the race the previous year, he realizes that Mario is a strong competitor and decides to cheat to win. As a result, Paolo wins the Regatta and Mario comes in second. Just as the Doge awards the prize money, the truth is revealed and Mario wins.
The Venetian Regatta is a loveable adventure story that teaches readers the importance of honesty, patience and perseverance in life. This book believes that nothing is impossible for a person who has a strong mind, courageous spirit and a humble heart.
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About the Author
Srinivas Balagopal is a nine year-old boy, who attends Challenger School, Ardenwood, in California. He loves to read extensively and has a passion for writing short stories. He has been writing short stories since he was six. He does his own illustrations for his stories. His other interests include playing the piano and practicing kung fu.
The Venetian Regatta* by Srinivas Balagopal Trade Paperback; $15.99; 48 pages; 978-1-4653-3909-6 eBook; $9.99; 978-1-4653-0445-2
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