Climbing the Stairs

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Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 254 pages

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Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college— an unusual aspiration for a girl living in British occupied 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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About the author (2010)

Padma Venkatraman lives in North Kingstown, Rhode Island. An oceanographer by training, she is the author of twenty books for young readers, published in India, on a variety of subjects. To learn more, about her book Climbing the Stairs, visit the web site, www.climbingthestairsbook.com. You can also read her blog, padmasbooks.blogspot.com.

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