Kamini and the Secret Pool by Charles Cozic
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Approx. 1,500 words.
Published on December 30, 2009.
Kamini is one of the prettiest teens in her village in India, but three jealous girls have a plan to humiliate her.
The girls trick Kamini into throwing her jewels into a river.
As Kamini wishes for her jewels back, a hole appears in the water, and a voice calls her to come get her jewels.
Kamini then discovers a secret cave, a mysterious old woman, and a dangerous crocodile.