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Small Acts of Amazing Courage

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Feisty heroine provides eye-opening look at colonial India.

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In SMALL ACTS OF AMAZING COURAGE, Gloria Whelan provides informative look at England and India after World War I, capturing an important period in the history of both countries. Rosalind is a perfect character for telling that larger story, as she is dealing with her own ideas about independence at home.

Though often charming, the characters surrounding Rosalind remain two-dimensional. The plot makes a predictable march and the ending leaves the thorniest issues unresolved. There's some lovely writing, and readers will be impressed by Rosalind's perceptive reflections near the end of her story -- but this is mostly a history lesson dressed up in a coming-of-age tale. Nevertheless,it's likely to entice young readers to seek out more on Gandhi and the end of colonial authority in India.

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