1aawordfestostlere1.jpgFifteen-year-old Maya is traveling with her Sikh father to bring her Hindu mother’s ashes to India. Arriving in 1984 on the eve of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi’s assassination she is thrust into an India full of fear and chaos. She manages to escape the worst of the riots in Delhi but is separated from her father and must rely on others to help her navigate the dangers of India in 1984. Maya finds a companion in Sandeep a mysterious young man who helps her face an uncertain future. Written in verse, this fast paced historical fiction novel shows the harsh reality of Indian life in the aftermath of Indira Gandhi’s assassination along with the troubles a young woman could have faced being alone in India. Ostlere shows the danger of the time but also honors the vibrancy of India through realistic details such as, warm chai being sold on the street, that will transport the reader directly into Indian culture. amo
Title: Karma
Author: Cathy Ostlere
: Razor Bill 
: 2011
Original Language
: English
: 978-1-59514-384-6
Paperback pages
: 534
Age range
: 13 and up
: Historical Fiction
Book setting
: Canada, India
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Calgary, Canada
: R. Ross Annett Children’s Award
: Assassination, Family, India, Love, Riots

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