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By Kathy Osterle
Razorbill, 2011
Audience: Older Teens

From Goodreads:
On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world.

This book was totally and completely wonderful. It took me to another place and time so completely, the same way that The Scorpio Races did. I could feel and see India. I learned a lot. It didn't feel stereotypical, which I appreciated. Also, I didn't feel like I was missing something because I didn't know much about India before I started reading. At the same time, I didn't feel like the author thought the reader was stupid and had to spell everything out. It was perfectly balanced. 

Usually, I wish that books in verse were written in normal prose form, but free verse was perfect for this novel and this author. I feel like it told their story and feelings far better. It kept me turning the pages. I didn't want to stop reading this novel. I was so worried about Maya, I couldn't put the book down. I loved how her story intertwined with Sandeep's story. The ending was perfect. This was so well-done. It's one of my favorites.


  1. So wonderful to read your review, Ilook forward to trying it.


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