Andrea's uncle is always bringing back interesting things from his travels. One day he brings back a conch shell. He tells her it is magic. Andrea whispers secret words to the shell and the conch fairy, Zarda, appears. What does Andrea wish for and where does Zarda take her? Read Awhile is a series of graded stories and non-fiction texts that have been specially written for young children in the Caribbean. Read Awhile books also contain questions, activities and other materials designed to improve children's reading skills and vocabulary.