Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
Release Date: Feburary 19th 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Age Group: Middle Grade
Page: 224 pages
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 6, 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
This book is a historical fiction which takes place in India during the Indian revolution. With all the revolutions that are happening now in the Middle East (people searching for their freedom), it was important for me to read about an old revolution. I stumbled upon this book which took me back when Ghandi was trying to free India from the British ruling after the World War I. The journey was fun and very informative and to my delight, the Indian revolution steps were the same as any revolution that is happening in the Middle East right now.
Even though the book is targeted for children, I found it interesting and I think it might interest adults too. This is because it delivers heavy content, historical moments in a simple, easy-to-read way.
I should mention that this book doesn’t only take place in India but it also takes place in Britain too. How exciting was that? It was awesome.
Overall, the book was a great, fun read and Rosalind (the main character) was fun
to follow along on her journey and see her doing small acts of amazing courage.
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