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All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens Hardcover – April 2, 2013
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Gr 6-10-In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (S & S, 2011), Whelan further develops Rosalind James's character and conscience. In 1921 British India, Rosy continues to find her voice as she grows in independence. She has spent her entire life in India, untraditionally making friends with Indians from different castes. She grows more sympathetic and outspoken regarding the complete dominance the British exert over the people. As a Gandhi supporter, she speaks out against her father, who insists that the country is not ready for independence. Through his military connections, Rosy meets the Prince of Wales on his tour of the country. With a little daring, she enables him to experience everyday India. After the adventure, he remembers Rosalind and sends an invitation to be presented to the king and queen of the British Empire. Could Rosalind be so bold as to bring the message of India's independence to the British sovereign? The character development and setting description are superb. Whelan succeeds in bringing a fascinating time period to life, allowing readers to experience the lavish luxury of the ruling British and the squalid poverty of average Indians. It is slightly contrived that Rosy would meet both prince and king in the casual way she does, but it serves the story well. The parallel between the young woman exerting her independence and India beginning to demand hers is a unifying element. This worthy sequel should enjoy wide readership where historical fiction is popular.-Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MIα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
The daughter of a British Civil Service commissioner in 1920s India, 17-year-old Rosalind is torn between her proper English upbringing and her sympathies for the Indian people. Does a visit from the Prince of Wales represent an opportunity to make her family proud or the chance to deliver a politically charged message? In this sequel to Small Acts of Amazing Courage (2011), Whelan seamlessly weaves history and culture into a novel that stands on its own. Occasionally the plot strains credibility, but readers captivated by the characters, the setting, and the involving first-person narrative will be longing for the story to continue. Grades 6-9. --Carolyn Phelan
Top customer reviews
Second, she gives you a visual of everything. I love how I can have the perfect image in my head. I can picture everything perfectly and it gets my imagination going. Shse doesn't say something like, "And after talking we walked to the garden." No, she says, "After we had exchanged our greetings, we started our way out the back door towards the garden. As we walked out into the fresh air and and sunshine surrounded by green plants and walked along the worn stone path we came to the fountain." It's still not as good as hers but I don't write everything down!
Third, It was a good story that kept me intrested. Sincw I'm an reallh advanced reader for my age I finished it quickly. Maybe a couple days read for average readers who can spare 30-40 minutes a day.
And I want to thank Gloria for another treasure.
The story takes place just before the British Prince of Wales's visit to India in 1921. Rosy's father is a major in the British Indian Army. He and his family have been invited to Calcutta to participate in a reception to welcome the Prince to India.
As the daughter of an Army major, Rosy is expected to behave a certain way and not get into any trouble that would embarrass her father. However, she is very vocal about her feelings and she doesn't see things quite the way her father does. And she seems to have a knack for getting into trouble, anyway. Rosy's father is dedicated to the cause of the British while Rosy sees the plight of the poor in India and is rooting for them to gain their independence from British rule. Even while living in India, for the most part Rosy is not subjected to its abject poverty as she lives in relative comfort, but she has Indian friends and she is aware of the differences between her circumstances and theirs.
During this time in history, Ghandi is in prison in India for promoting Indian independence from England. While in prison, Ghandi has called for a hartal, a strike by Indian workers. Rosy's father thinks Ghandi should be in prison; Rosy thinks Ghandi is not being treated fairly. During the Prince's visit to Calcutta, Rosy is given the opportunity to present the Prince with a letter that has been written by Ghandi. One of Rosy's friends, Max, writes for Young India. The paper supports Ghandi's cause and prints letters and essays written by him. Max has secured a hand-written letter from Ghandi addressed to the Prince. Will Rosy present the letter to the Prince and risk getting caught by her father, or will she do what she thinks is right?
Many foreign words are used throughout the text. Most of them are either defined in a sentence, or the definition can be derived from the way they are used in the text. In addtion, there is a glossary at the end of the book that gives definitions for all of them.
Author Gloria Whelan has received many awards and much critical acclaim for her children and young adult books. She writes both contemporary and historical fiction. Although Rosy is a fictional character, the setting is quite real. Whelan takes the reader into Rosy's world, that of a young girl who must decide what is right and then have the courage to do it.
I was born in India, and my mother was British, so I thoroughly enjoyed the setting and the context for this story. But, I also enjoyed reading it because it was both interesting and well-written.
Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin