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Gr 8 Up-As India stands on the brink of partition, three young people's lives become increasingly entangled with the upheaval and violence that surround them: Margaret, a British cartographer's daughter; Tariq, a Muslim teenager employed in Margaret's household who dreams of studying at Oxford; and Anupreet, a young Sikh girl also employed by Margaret's family. Although initially resistant to living in India, Margaret is soon enraptured with the culture. Tariq captures the interest of both Margaret and Anupreet, even though a relationship with him would be disastrous for either girl. He is pressed to join his family in what will become Pakistan, and although Margaret's father discourages him, he is convinced that an Oxford education would be the best for his future. There are multiple narrators, but each character's story is defined and intertwines with the others' seamlessly. Historical background of postcolonial India is neatly inserted within the narrative, and market and street scenes teem with everyday life. The awkwardness the protagonists feel about interacting with one another is honestly and realistically drawn. Characters are fully fleshed out and are sympathetic in their struggles to find themselves within the new India. Back matter includes a glossary and an author's note detailing Bradbury's personal connection to India and a brief overview of the partition. As clashes continue between and within India and Pakistan, this title fills an important niche in YA historical fiction.-Jennifer Schultz, Fauquier County Public Library, Warrenton, VAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Set in India in 1947 on the eve of the partition that will create the country of Pakistan, this novel charts the interconnected lives of three teenagers. British Margaret is the daughter of a cartographer who is drawing up the boundaries of the new country; Tariq is a Muslim who is employed as the cartographer’s secretary; and Anupreet, a Sikh, works as a maid for Margaret’s family. Tariq is determined to become a student at Oxford. Anupreet is simply trying to survive in a dangerous time, when Muslims and Sikhs are in an undeclared war with each other. And Margaret, who has left behind a small-scale scandal in England, is beginning to adopt Indian ways, much to her mother’s horror. Bradbury’s story, told from the alternating points of view of the three teens, does an excellent job of creating a setting that is at once vivid and dangerous. The ending is both abrupt and improbable, but the three characters invite sympathy and will hold readers’ attention to the last page. An excellent book for classroom use. Grades 7-12. --Michael Cart
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 770L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers (June 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416978763
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416978763
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Using the perspectives of three young adults--a Musiim male, a Sikh female, and a British female--Bradbury builds a story about the partition between India and Pakistan. The characters are believable, the story interesting, and the placement in histsory realistic. It provides a glimpse into a part of history that may not be well known by people in the Western world, particularly.
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Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

After taking some classes on Indian history, I discovered that I have a deep fascination for the country and its history that is not often sated in YA fiction, which so often focuses on American or fantastical worlds. Luckily we have books like this, a more serious offering from the author of Wrapped, the historical MG/YA.

What first caught me about this book is its setting during the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, a situation whose repercussions are still felt today in seemingly unending conflict between the two bodies. I knew vague factoids about the situation but this story places you on the ground with Sikhs and Muslims battling over territory but also thankfully highlights the good of people stepping up to do the bit of good that they can do. This is demonstrated in the form of our three narrators: Muslim Tariq, craving to study at Oxford; Sikh Anupreet, a beautiful girl confined to her home to protect her from the violent angry men around her; and Margaret, the British daughter of a cartographer come to divide India who meets the previous two when they are hired as servants in her family's household.

I did not read the summary very closely as it clearly states that these three would be followed so I was surprised to meet the three as narrators. Each chapter lists the narrator so it is easy to keep track that way although the personalities, wants, and desires of all three are so different that it would be simple to do even without (it is appreciated still.)

Probably what I liked most about this was how everything kept building.
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I picked this book up because I have an abiding fascination with all things Indian. I'd read Bradbury's Wrapped last year and, while I definitely enjoyed learning about the little-known Victorian fad of mummy unwrapping, I found the story itself to be fluffy, and the characters too modern. So my expectations for A Moment Comes were limited.

I ended up pleasantly surprised. This book exhales a wildly different and complex culture, full of life and bursting with sensory details, but tense with the fear of a country on edge. No one is safe, nothing is certain. The characters are detailed and believable as humans living in their time and place. And, once again, Jennifer Bradbury carved her story out of an underexplored bit of history.

Another positive point is that the romance is kept to a minimum. Admittedly, what there is of it includes a love triangle and appears to be largely the result of raging hormones. But there is also a fair amount of more interesting manipulation taking place. It's all believably written but clean, and by the end of the book each of the three main characters has a much more respectful, less objectifying relationship with the others.

I'm hoping Jennifer Bradbury writes another historical fiction novel soon!
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This beautiful cover really caught my eye! I adore peacocks! This book was told in 3 POVs which were done very well! I really loved Tariq the most. I think maybe it would have been nice to have him on the cover but I love it all the same! From inner issues to just trying to survive this book really deals with some hard issues from 1947. Although I didnt know anything from this time I still found myself understanding and being immersed in the stories being told. I had no issues following the plot or story which was great. I even love that at the end of the book the author adds a note which really filled in some information of the history. It was a very interesting read and I hope that you will all join my end of the month giveaway for this as well as many other books!
"*I received a copy of this book for free to review, this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own."
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