Small Acts of Amazing Courage

Small Acts of Amazing Courage

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Kindness has incredible consequences in this compelling novel set in colonial India from a "master storyteller" (Publishers Weekly) and National Book Award-winning author. It is India, 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. Rosalind is kept from boarding school in England at her mother's insistence. While her father has been at war, Rosalind sees the country slowly change. A man named Ghandi is coming to power, talking about nonviolence and independence from Britain. Rosalind longs to live the life that her heart tells her, not what her parents prescribe for her, but no one seems to listen. This penetrating story, told with lush and vivid detail, contrasts Rosalind's privilege and daily experiences in India with the hardship of the people around her. As she comes of age during this volatile period of history, will she find the courage to claim her own identity and become her own person? National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan's "insight into history and her characters' minds make every moment of this saga believable" (Publishers Weekly, starred review). This paperback edition includes an excerpt of All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens, the standalone companion to Small Acts of Amazing Courage.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 130 x 194 x 20mm | 179g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • f-c cvr (no spfx)
  • 1442494956
  • 9781442494954
  • 420,716

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WHELAN, Gloria. "Small Acts of Amazing Courage. "224p. glossary. CIP. S & S/Paula Wiseman Bks. Apr. 2011. Tr $15.99. ISBN 978-1-4424-0931-6. LC 2010013164.

Gr 6-10-Rosalind is the 15-year-old willful daughter of a British major and his wife who are stationed in India. When her father arrives home from World War I, he discovers that his delicate wife has not ruled the household or their daughter as strictly as he would like and sets out to correct that. Rosalind becomes intrigued with Gandhi's movement to win India's freedom from British rule, which infuriates her father. After disobeying him once too often, she is shipped off to England to live with two aunts and attend boarding school. Her determination to do as she pleases brings about misadventures during a cholera outbreak on the voyage and with her aunts. When notified of her misdeeds, her horrified parents demand that she return to India immediately. She happily complies, taking her timid aunt, who through Rosalind has found her own freedom, with her. Whelan paints a detailed picture of the lives of the English and the Indians during British rule, especially those of the women and children in both cultures, without detracting from the story. The dominant theme of the book, the value of freedom by nations and individuals, is cleverly woven into the plot. The characters are fully fleshed out and illustrate the differences and similarities between the two cultures during a period that doesn't receive much treatment in young adult literature. The ending is a little too pat, but readers won't care. This is a beautifully written, fascinating, and informative story."-Nancy P. Reeder, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School, Columbia, SC"

"-- School Library Journal, March 1, 2011"
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