Karma

By Ostlere, Cathy

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ISBN
978-1-59514-338-9
Publisher
Razorbill Penguin


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on March 1, 2011

Gr 8 Up—This epic tale unfolds through the pages of alternating diaries from October 28th through December 16th, 1984. Yet countless layers peel off with the turn of each page, leading readers deeper into the rich and sometimes tortured history beneath the tale's present. Fifteen-year-old Maya, half Hindu/half Sikh, has lived her entire life in rural Canada. Her family's religion and ethnicity set them apart from their community, but also from one another. Maya's name itself signifies the tension between her parents, lovers who forsook their families for each ot...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on July 1, 2011

In 1984, fifteen-year-old Jiva, also called Maya, the Hindu word for "illusion," starts a diary while on a plane from her home in Manitoba to her parents' homeland of India, where her father plans to scatter her mother's ashes. Through graceful free verse, Maya wends back through her mother's past to convey the extreme loneliness that led to her suicide. Soon political turmoil becomes personal when, on Maya and her father's first day in ...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2011

On Maya and her father's first day in New Delhi, Sikh extremists assassinate Indira Gandhi. Maya's Sikh father, hiding from ven...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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