Reviews by Tag: india

Teen Review
Lion by Saroo Brierley

Lion

By Saroo Brierley
3
Rated by
Anna S.
Jul 11, 2022

Saroo was just a 5 year old little boy when his life was turned upside down. Saroo was running around a train station in India with his older brother Guddu when he got on a train and ended up thousands of miles from home. Frightened and panicked, Saroo ended up in a juvenile detention center. While there, the woman in charge found a home for Saroo in Australia. Saroo starts this journey in Australia and grows up there. Twenty-five years later Saroo seeks out to find where he grew up before he got lost.

Teen Review
Queen of Ice by Devika Rangachari

Queen of Ice

By Devika Rangachari
4
Rated by
hpat
May 18, 2022

Queen of Ice is an amazing quick read. Once you pick it up, it’s difficult to put down. The book follows Didda as she rises from a timid girl to the ruler of her land. It is a perfect balance of friendship, heartbreak, and trust. Queen of Ice represents women empowerment, and the importance of confidence. The book moves at a pretty fast pace so, there are rarely any boring parts. The book is based in India so naturally, it mildly represents Indian culture. This representation makes the book even more interesting and allows the reader to place themselves in that situation.

Teen Review
Shameful Flight by Stanley Wolpert

Shameful Flight

By Stanley Wolpert
5
Rated by
Paranjay S.
May 3, 2022

In Shameful Flight, Wolpert analyzes the British exit of India and the permanent effects it had on society. His book follows the various political figures that were key in the partition such as Nehru, Jinnah, Atlee, and Mountbatten. The book shows the process of the partition and focuses the blame on Mountbatten, who in his haste, left India with no unity and arbitrary boundaries.

Teen Review
The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman

The Bridge Home

By Padma Venkatraman
5
Rated by
David M.
Oct 21, 2021

The Bridge Home by Padma Venkatraman is a devastatingly realistic look into the life of a homeless child. It tells a realistic story of abuse and homelessness, and yet also is a story of hope. The book is set in India, and follows the two main characters, young girls named Viji and Rukku as they run away from their abusive household and live alone on the streets. They meet other characters and try to survive the harsh life.

Staff Review

5 to 1

By Holly Bodger
4
Rated by Peggy H.
Oct 28, 2015

The year is 2054 and India has a ratio of 5 boys to 1 girl. Girls have now become valuable assets. To combat the selling of daughters to the highest bidder, a group of women have founded a closed country they named Koyanagar. In Koyanagar, young men are chosen to compete for a chance to marry a girl. It is now Sudasa's turn to witness the testing of five young men and then choose one to become her future husband. Sudasa does not want a husband, she does not want to marry and bear children.

Staff Review

A Time to Dance

By Padma Venkatraman
4
Rated by Peggy H.
Mar 5, 2015

Veda lives in India and is a classical (Bharatanatyam) dancer. She lives and breathes dance, has for as long as she can remember. She plans to make dancing her career, despite her mother continually pushing her toward engineering. She is amazingly talented and has just won first place in a major competition. After the competition, the bus taking the competitors back home crashes. She wakes in the hospital with her right leg missing below the knee. Talk about a strong female protagonist! This girl simply will not give up!

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