Small Acts of Amazing Courage

Whelan, Gloria

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Small Acts of Amazing Courage
In 1919, independent-minded fifteen-year-old Rosalind lives in India with her English parents, and when they fear she has fallen in with some rebellious types who believe in Indian self-government, she is sent "home" to London, where she has never been before and where her older brother died, to stay with her two aunts.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 1442409312
Branch Call Number: y WHELAN 2011
Characteristics: 217 p. ;,20 cm


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It is India, 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. This story contrasts Rosalind's privilege and daily experiences in India with the hardship of the people around her.

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Oct 27, 2014
  • hgeng63 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Actually, this first one was more diffuse than the sequel.

Jun 17, 2014
  • litriocht rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite elements of this book was that the small, daily decisions of domestic life were portrayed as being courageous. Gandhi, the distant figure who is working for nonviolent change in India during this time period, once said, "Be the change you want to see in the world." And Rosalind, the heroine, does just that. She saves an Untouchable baby from a horrible fate, encourages her cowed aunt to live a fuller life, and goes to lectures on social justice that she is strongly discouraged from attending. Brava!


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