Climbing The Stairs

Climbing The StairsFifteen year-old Vidya has aspirations of attending college, but this is rare for a girl living in British-occupied India during World War II. When misfortune falls upon Vidya’s family, they are forced to live with her father’s family which is a traditional Indian household where women are expected to be married and not educated. Vidya feels suffocated by the lifestyle, but she feels like she can breathe a bit easier when she discovers her grandfather’s library. In the library, Vidya gains a new friend who encourages her to pursue her education. Unfortunately, it is when Vidya finally feels that she finds some comfort in the house that her brother unexpectedly leaves. This  moving story about a young woman overcoming political and her own inner turmoils will effectively enlighten readers about Hindi words, traditions, religious festivals, and historical events that occurred during a critical time in Indian history. ema
Title: Climbing The Stairs
Author: Padma Venkatraman
Publisher: Speak, an imprint of Puffin Books
Copyright
: 2010
Original Language
: English 
ISBN
: 978-0142414903
Paperback pages: 254
Age range
: 12 up
Genre
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: India during WWII
Author’s ethnicity
: Indian
Author’s residence
: America
Awards
: A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, A Bank Street College of Education Best Book of the Year, An ALA/YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, An 2009 ALA/Amelia Bloomer Book, A Book Sense Notable, A Publishers Weekly Flying Start Selection, A Booklist Editor’s Choice
Subjects: Brain damage, British occupation of India, Gender roles, Prejudices, World War II

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