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The Year of My Indian Prince Hardcover – June 12, 2001


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From Publishers Weekly

Ellis (Swimming with the Whales) explains in an afterword that her novel, about a 16-year-old sent to a sanatorium for tuberculosis in 1945, is closely based on her own experiences. Just as April's beloved father returns from the war and perfects April's rosy life as a star swimmer, aspiring writer and girlfriend of the hunky Mike, labored breathing and high fevers land her in quarantine in a dreary hospital. "The war was over and my father was home, as I'd dreamed, but we only had this one lunch that was normal, because I was a freak, a contagious sick freak." The narrative proves strongest when relating the boredom of life on bed rest, the stigma attached to TB and the relationships between April and her two successive roommates. The focal point, however, is the flirtation between April and Ravi, a fellow patient and son of a maharajah, and it is rarely convincing. Ravi, sender of luxurious gifts and writer of lengthy epistles, seems like a stock romantic hero. April, for example, comments that Ravi's photo shows "full face, brown eyes looking straight into my heart," and his conversation includes lines like, "My beautiful April, our days together here enthrall me so I do not choose to remember my past." Their "romantic friendship" lacks staying power for them, as it turns out, and probably for readers as well. Ages 12-up.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Gr 7-10-April Thorp, 16, has contracted tuberculosis and is being treated in a San Francisco hospital just after World War II. She is devastated when her boyfriend will not visit because she is contagious, but her sadness dissipates when another patient, the handsome son of an Indian maharaja, begins to court her. He writes to her father with the goal, "if we should prove capable of existing together in harmony, of matrimony at some future time when our mutual health should improve." April doesn't take this seriously at first but she is intrigued by Ravi, and the idea of becoming a princess helps her through her illness. When her roommate, Nancie, dies, April gains the courage to shed her paralyzing fear and undergo surgery, and she realizes that her dreams of becoming a princess are not to be. Ravi is destined to marry someone else in an arranged marriage, and to lead his people. April will go on, though, and looks forward to beginning college and making new friends. Ellis's writing is stiff and doesn't bring depth to the interesting cast of characters. It seems as though she is simply telling the events, and readers will feel distanced from the characters. While the story is a wonderful fairy tale of love and personal growth, and the scene in which Nancie dies is exceptionally moving, the story does not build adequately to a satisfying conclusion.

Susan Riley, Greenburgh Public Library, Elmsford, NY

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers; 1St Edition edition (June 12, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 038532779X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385327794
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,102,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie on January 28, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book was about 16 year old April who is diagnosed with Tuberculosis (TB). To get well again, she must live in a TB hospital where she must undergo various treatments. April soon meets Ravi, an Indian prince, and he show interest in her. As April's condition worsens, April and Ravi's love for each other gets stronger.

This was really an amazing book! It is also based on the author's actual life experiences. For me, I could not put the book down, I was hooked. I would reccomend this to everyone, especially those who are in the mood for reading about a truly sweet romance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 21, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed "The Year of My Indian Prince" a lot. It is about a girl that is stuck in a TB (Tuberculosis) center where she is receiving treatment. Meanwhile, she meets up with a handsome prince from (where else) India. They become buddies... etc. The plot is interesting but I was a bit skeptical at first. The title reminded me of another story. The Summer Of My German Soldier. Do you see the simularities?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on September 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Teen April is ready for a fine year in 1945, but instead is diagnosed with tuberculosis and confined to a long bed rest in a TB hospital. Her friendships with an exotic Indian prince who begins to court her and a seriously ill roommate struggling with health decisions changes her life as much as illness in this poignant story which is hard to put down.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had never read anything by this author, but when I saw this book at a used book store the title intrigued me. I wanted to know Aprils story and how she met her Indian Prince. I read this book in less then a week. The story pulled me in. I felt Aprils fear, worry, and love When she cried so did I. This book gave me a new look into what it was like to live with TB. I felt sorry for the people who were treated like lepers just because they were sick. I would recommend this story to anyone who never gives up on their dreams.
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