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Amil and the After

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kindness, tolerance themes in heart-filled tale of India.

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Veera Hiranandani's harrowing, uplifting tale of an interreligious family fleeing violence in 1948 India brings to life the hopes, challenges, and terrors of the era, as seen by 12-year-olds. Amil and the After finds the title character and twin sister Nisha (narrator of The Night Diary, telling of their escape from their old life) dealing with their new life, trying to find a place in their new world, and grieving for the one that's lost forever as religious violence engulfs the nation. Western readers especially will find the vivid history and the day-to-day realities as India emerged from colonialism a startling revelation; many kids and adults will relate to the kids as they try to do the right thing, help their loved ones, and deal with a battered world that sometimes makes little sense.

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