- Age Range: 9 - 12 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 7
- Lexile Measure: 0700 (What's this?)
- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (January 12, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553535048
- ISBN-13: 978-0553535044
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Chloe in India Hardcover – January 12, 2016
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“Whether describing the heat of a Delhi summer or the emotions of a homesick preteen in a strange land, Darnton gets the details right, bringing characters and story to life and also educating readers about the economic discrepancies rampant in India. Blond American Chloe’s perspective gives Western readers a way into this tale of inequality in a foreign culture.” —Kirkus Reviews
“The heart of the story—standing up for others, despite social or economic class—can offer a good discussion for readers and hopefully get them thinking about those around them.” —Booklist
“An informed and informative work of fiction that incorporates eye-opening facts about poverty and social systems outside of the United States while never losing the protagonist’s authentic and relatable voice. Evocative in setting, sympathetic in character, and noble in intent, this story is for armchair travelers and seekers of fairness and friendship.” —The Bulletin
About the Author
Kate Darnton is a writer and book editor from Boston. She lived with her family in New Delhi for five years. They now live in Amsterdam.
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Chloe is an 11 year old American living in India, experiencing all the emotional ups and downs of tweenhood in a foreign country. Her voice is authentic, the descriptions of her new environment are so rich, and the dynamics of her various relationships (with her sisters, parents, teachers, friends, etc) are just the right amount of complicated.
I think everyone has a little inner Chloe that they will be able to relate to, and it's a lot fun to enter this world of new landscapes, customs and norms. This is my go-to gift for kids ages 9-12. Highly, highly recommend!
A very engaging story about young adolescence with all its trials and tribulations, combined with the intriguing challenges of adapting to new customs, language, beliefs and people in India (a far cry from Boston). Through Kate Darnton's writing, the reader becomes thoroughly engrossed in Chloe's story, as Chloe attempts to fit in with the other students in her new school. Issues related to acceptance and forming friendships are very well depicted. All of these dilemmas become more complicated and difficult to negotiate, when you at the same time have to discover the underlying customs in your new environment. Chloe quickly learns making a new friend (Anvi or Lakshmi) will ultimately place what she and her family value most to a test. Underlying adolescent needs and frustrations are the same, but the way in which they are achieved in India differs greatly from Boston. The challenges Chloe and her family face as they all negotiate and adapt to their new environment is both fascinating and meaningful. You will not want to put this book down once you begin to read it! A wonderful way for young adolescents to learn of another culture, and come to understand how many of the feelings and frustrations they experience are universal. Chloe at last discovers what makes India feel like home.
This is just a lovely story and I can't wait to recommend it to young readers. It will surely provide much food for thought and discussion not only about what it must feel like to be in a new environment, but also how we treat those who are different from us. The book addresses physical and socioeconomic differences in a way that is never heavy handed, offering up some important lessons learned from characters that are charming, intelligent, and complex. Entertaining and enlightening, Chloe in India is a must read and an enthusiastic recommend.