My enjoyment rating: 3 of 5 stars
Book hangover rating: 1 of 5 stars
Source: Library copy
Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Objectionable material: none
In 1919, Rosalind James would be considered a rebel: defying her parents by listening to the oratory of Gandhi, saving neglected Indian children and helping place them in orphanages, traveling alone on a steamer back to her “native” England whilst helping quell an on board cholera epidemic, helping her spinster Aunt and guardian gain independence from the aunt’s intolerant sister, and inviting a local Indian friend to dinner in spite of the racial implications.
Rosalind does indeed exhibit “small acts of amazing courage” in Gloria Whelan’s juvenile novel about a military family in British colonial India after WWI.
This was a quaint novel – a bit disjointed and muddled – but Rosalind is a delight and I loved her spunk, especially when helping her spinster aunt break free from the evil Aunt Ethyl.
A nice background to British colonial politics and the rise of Gandhi as well.
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