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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (365 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gloria Whelan Narrator: Mandy Williams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2011 ISBN: 9780307917096
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It is 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. While it is common practice for British children in India to be packed off to boarding school at the age of six, Rosalind is unusual because she lives and is schooled in India because her mother insists. The heart of this penetrating story is Rosalind’s coming of age—set against the hardship of life for the Indian people, Rosalind’s daily life in India, the rise of Ghandi, and Rosalind’s coming to make her own decisions and become her own person.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Whelan’s insight into history and her characters’ minds make every moment of this saga believable. The open-ended finale will leave fans yearning for a second installment.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “A beautifully written, fascinating, and informative story.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Whelan’s vivid, episodic story explores the tension between doing what’s right, rather than what’s expected, and the infinite complexities of colonialism.”

    Booklist

  • “Will engage many young readers, particularly those with a penchant for historical fiction with a strong-willed female at its center.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “It’s a gripping, funny, touching book, and Gloria Whelan is a storytelling genius.”

    Stephanie Spinner, author of Quiver

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 1/23/2014

    " This story lost a little steam in the middle but was still very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 1/15/2014

    " Unique book. I feel like a reip to India. Odd in some places but does make you think! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Virginia Walter | 1/8/2014

    " It is 1918 in India, and teenage Rosalind is more at home in the bazaars than at the British country club where her parents think she should spend her days. The novel chronicles her growing awareness of the harsh living conditions of most ordinary Indians and her growing sympathy for the nonviolent independence movement that Gandhi is beginning to organize. The themes are serious, but there is also humor and romance as Rosalind finds her own voice and her own independence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 1/3/2014

    " This book is special as it treats a period of history (1919 during the British occupation of India) that is rarely found in children's novels. I loved the character of Rosalind, who is becoming an independent-minded young woman, much to her father's chagrin. She reaches beyond the accepted protocol of the families of British officers in India to discover what the lives of the Indians are like as she follows her friend, Isha, into the dangerous, forbidden Bazaar. She is pulled into the Indian uprising against the British when she becomes friends with Max Nelson, who is a follower of Ghandi. The reader comes away with a good overview of the conflicting attitudes of the Indians and the British as Rosy tries to understand both sides. Her trip to England to stay with her two very different aunts adds an interesting subplot and characters leading to her return to the India she loves and to her family. Indian terminology is translated in a glossary. This is a fascinating read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mariah | 12/25/2013

    " A fifteen year-old British girl raised in India finds herself drawn to Ghandi's movement because she loves Indian culture but regrets the poverty and misfortune that surrounds her. She faces off against caste system, her parents, and a formidable aunt in a fight against oppression and for the right of everyone to live full happy lives. This book had a lot of promise that it didn't quite live up to. Plot action was very limited but character development, especially of the aunts was very strong. A very interesting concept that I wish had been expanded more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hayley | 12/23/2013

    " A competent but unthrilling read: the only minor point of interest is the setting - post-WWI India. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Beier | 12/2/2013

    " I really liked this book. What was disappointing was the ending was abrupt and unsatisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 11/26/2013

    " Set in colonial India... don't know if the kids will appreciate all the small acts of courage that adults can identify in these characters... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marci | 11/16/2013

    " Really really loved this book. Great audio for a car trip. Perfect narrator for this story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Barbara | 10/30/2013

    " I think this book would be suitable for young teenagers, but I really enjoyed it, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donalyn | 10/15/2013

    " I love Whelan's writing, but this story never came together for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 kim | 7/13/2013

    " A totally contrived, feel-good, fictional history lesson about late British rule in India. No excitement, nothing that interesting happens the entire book. Only finished it because it was super short. Listened to the audio - the reader was good at least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Myos | 10/4/2012

    " Originally a middle grade to YA book. Easy to read, short novel for English learners teens and adults "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracy | 5/8/2012

    " Had me from the opening line, "How can kindness get you into so much trouble?" "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/25/2012

    " Another story from Gloria Whelan about a strong female character. This one taught me a lot about what it was like in India just after WWI, and included Gandhi as one of the "contributing actors". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 3/12/2012

    " This quick read illuminates courage in many forms. A surprise was the lasting impact of Aunt Louise in my mind. May each of us find the courage to act authentically. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gin | 1/24/2012

    " historical fiction with a strong girl character "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ed | 4/26/2011

    " Beautifully written, completely engaging, and absolutely delightful. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 4/26/2011

    " Eye-opening novel of an English teenage girl, living in India in the post-World War I era. While Indians seek to follow the example of Gandhi, Rosalind uses her natural courage and sense of justice to help others. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/2/2011

    " Set in colonial India... don't know if the kids will appreciate all the small acts of courage that adults can identify in these characters... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessie | 3/17/2011

    " Gloria Whelan seems to have carved a niche in juvenile fiction with glimpses of lives in a different time in exotic places -- this one in India just after WWI. Beautifully written with characters that draw you in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 3/15/2011

    " historical YA fiction, set in colonial India--fascinating characters, well written "

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About the Author
Author Gloria WhelanGloria Whelan is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children and young adults. She won the National Book Award for young people's literature for her novel Homeless Bird. A versatile author of historical and contemporary fiction for children and young adults, as well as short stories and poetry for adults, Whelan is, according to Liz Rosenberg in the Chicago Tribune, "an accomplished, graceful, and intelligent writer." Visit her online at gloriawhelan.com
About the Narrator

Mandy Williams is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Entwined by Heather Dixon, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan.