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By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Classic about complex Indian cultures best for older teens.

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Among the reasons Kim is so widely revered are the vast amount of cultural and religious ground the novel covers and the brilliant way Kipling embodies political conflict within his main character. This novel is beautifully written and structured -- with relevant and lyrical poems beginning each chapter -- and always stays grounded in the relatable experience of the bright young boy Kim. This is a fascinating choice for teens who are intrigued by world cultures and religions, and an important book, as well, for students of literature and history.

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