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 more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 217 pages
  • 130 x 192 x 20mm | 20g
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint ed.
  • 1442494956
  • 9781442494954
  • 429,838

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Whelan, Gloria Small Acts of Amazing Courage. Wiseman/Simon, 2011 [224p] Trade ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-0931-6 $15.99 E-book ed. ISBN 978-1-4424-0933-0 $9.99 Reviewed from galleys R Gr. 5-7 Fifteen-year-old Rosalind is a British girl living in India at the end of World War II; unlike most of her fellow colonial kids, who travel back to England for boarding school, she has never left the subcontinent. It is a time of great social upheaval as the movement for Indian independence, headed by Gandhi, is growing stronger, and Rosalind, absolutely captivated by this small man and his enormous message, covertly attends a rally at which he speaks. When her father finds out, Rosalind is shipped off to England to live with her two maiden aunts. Rosalind's presence has a big impact on her aunt Louise, who, with Rosalind's encouragement, finds the strength to stand up to her domineering sister Ethyl. In the end, Rosalind returns to India with Louise at her side and has the opportunity to make amends with her father. Whelan is at her strongest when working in a specific historical context, and this novel is no exception; Rosalind's voice is clear and captivating and the historical backdrop is masterfully crafted. Long descriptions effectively convey time and place, and Rosalind's narration is engaging in its straightforwardness. While the aunts are somewhat caricatured, most side characters enrich the story (Isha, Rosalind's closest Indian friend; Max, a likeminded British student turned love interest; Mrs. Blodget, Rosalind's travel companion en route to London). At its heart, however, this is Rosalind's tale, and her front-row perspective on this chapter of world history will engage many young readers, particularly those with a penchant for historical fiction with a strong-willed female at its center. An author's note and glossary are included. --"Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books," June 2011show more

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