Climbing the Stairs

Climbing the Stairs

Book - 2008
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In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2008
ISBN: 9780399247460
0399247467
Branch Call Number: VENKATRA P
PZ7.V5578 Cl 2008
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 22 cm

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Cheryl_JHL Jun 02, 2017

Realistic historical fiction, great for girls, great for cultural education. I loved the story, the setting, the people (well, most of the people... some characters needed to fall down an empty well). I loved that reading this taught me a little about India and the Hindu religion and inspired curiosity about it. I love that the main character is a strong, intelligent female character who knows she wants an education and fights for what she feels is right.

My only complaint? Too short. I wanted more!

It's a clean read. There's a reference to marital sex in the sense that genders live apart and a married couple living separately in the same household will occasionally spend the night together in a room designated for them. That's about it. I'd say perfectly appropriate for 12 and up.

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Jan 23, 2012

1941
History Book 4
World War II

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