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|All my noble dreams and then what happens|
Author: Whelan, Gloria
As Rosalind continues to straddle the proper English world of her family and the culture of 1920s India where they live, her support of Gandhi and his followers in opposing British rule grows and she considers trying to carry the rebels' message to Edward, Prince of Wales, during his visit.
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Interest Level: MG+
Reading Level: 6.10
Points: 8.0 Quiz: 171437
Kirkus Reviews (03/01/13)
School Library Journal (05/01/13)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/01/2013 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. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.
School Library Journal - 04/20/2013 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, MI - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.