Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Book Review -- Small Acts of Amazing Courage


Small Acts of Amazing CourageSmall Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
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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