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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:
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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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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