Climbing the Stairs

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Perfection Learning Corporation, Feb 4, 2010 - 254 pages
Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college - an unusual aspiration for a girl living in Britishoccupied India during World War II. Then tragedy strikes, and Vidya and her brother are forced to move into a traditional household with their extended family, where women are meant to be married, not educated. Breaking the rules, Vidya finds refuge in her grandfather's library. But then her brother does something unthinkable, and Vidya's life becomes a whirlwind of political and personal complications. The question is, will she be strong enough to survive?

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3.5 stars. A Young Adult book about India and the struggle for freedom from British rule, from the caste system, from the tradional roles for women. Read full review

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MSBA Nominee 2009-2010 I liked this one quite a lot. Set during WWII in India, Vidya has a relatively liberal upbringing in a family that believes in non-violent protesting. When an unfortunate ... Read full review

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