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Small Acts of Amazing Courage (Rosalind of the Raj #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  501 ratings  ·  144 reviews
Kindness has incredible consequences in this compelling novel set in colonial India from a “master storyteller” (Publishers Weekly) and National Book Award-winning author.

It is India, 1918, six months after the end of World War I, and Rosalind awaits the return of her father from the war. Rosalind is kept from boarding school in England at her mother’s...more
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Published April 19th 2011 by Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books (first published February 19th 2011)
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Jeanette
I loved this little story about Rosalind's awakening to her own capacity for compassion. It's a good way to introduce young readers to the lives of children of the British Raj. They were strictly required to always think of England as "home," and were often shuttled back and forth between India and England to satisfy British notions of propriety. But their real love, the home of their hearts, was always India.

It's 1919, and Rosalind is lucky. She's fifteen and has managed to avoid being shipped...more
Clare Cannon
Aug 07, 2011 Clare Cannon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 12 years+
An extraordinary little book that draws you to its warm-hearted characters and introduces you to a part of history that called for great changes, which were achieved through 'small acts of amazing courage'. It is a delight and an eye-opener at the same time.

It settles you with a colonial family living in India in 1919, immediately after World War I, at the time when Ghandi was beginning his peaceful demonstrations to free Indians from British rule.

Rosalind is the fifteen year old daughter of a B...more
Rebecca
Fifteen-year-old Rosalind was born in India to British parents. Unlike most British children in early 20th century India, she was not sent home to England to be educated, because her older brother died while at school in England and her mother couldn't bear to send another child away after that. Rosalind has had a lot of freedom the past couple of years, because her father, an army officer, was away fighting in World War I, and her mother has health problems and couldn't pay much attention to he...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Rosalind lives in India in the early 1900s. India at this time is a colony to Britain. (Similar to the time period in A Little Princess.) Rosalind’s mother is emotionally fragile after the death of Roslalind’s little brother and her father is a British officer who is rarely home. This leaves Rosalind with a lot of freedom. She sneaks out to the bazaar and roams the streets, falling in love with her home and its people.

When Rosalind’s Father returns from his deployment things are …tense. Father a...more
Bookworm1858
Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2011
209 pages
MG; Historical
4/5 stars

Source: Received a free e-ARC via Simon & Schuster's GalleyGrab in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to read this book after seeing that it was set in 1919 India and was somewhat concerned with the India independence movement because I'm taking a class about Indian history this semester. Personally I would have liked more about Gandhi but Rosalind is an engagin...more
Amy
This was an enjoyable, quick read. I love India and I love Ghandi and I think it is very interesting learning about that time period in India from a British child growing up there. It was a story about making the right choices even when it is is really hard or scary. Aside from purchasing a baby at the bazzar, most of Rosy's acts were small, yet they took courage. It just came natural to her to follow her conscience and do what was right. I enjoyed reading it, but I felt like it ended kind of ab...more
Blythe
The premise of this book is an English girl born and raised in India because her father is in the military. She steps around rules she sees as foolish, like not talking to her Indian friend, Isha, or being fobidden from going to the bazaar. She secretly agrees with the cause of India's Congress Party—those in India who want freedom from Britain. When her father comes home and finds out some of the things she's doing, he sends her away to England to go to school and live with her two aunts. She l...more
Tasha
Rosalind is not a normal British child living in India in 1918. The other girls her age are shipped back to England for boarding school or spend their days at the club flirting covertly with young English soldiers and swimming in the pool. Rosalind has never been to England, her mother refused to send her to boarding school because her older brother died in England while at school. Rosalind doesn’t identify with the other English girls. Instead her best friend is the daughter of one of the India...more
Georgia Herod

Whelan is the award-winning and critically acclaimed author of many books for children and young adults. She won the National Book Award for young people’s literature for her novel Homeless Bird. She told the NBA committee that “Books saved my life. . . . I think they save the lives of lots of children.” I’ve read several of Whelan’s books and each time I’ve been caught up in the characters’ lives, the plots, the conflicts, the settings, all possible because of Whelan’s ability to create realist...more
Angie
Oh, I wanted to love this one. I really did. I loved Listening for Lions. And have actually convinced several students to read that one and enjoy it. (I have the WORST time getting kids at my school to read historical fic ... I really do. And I can't figure out why because I really do try to get some of the best and booktalk them and hey, they listen to me when I'm recommending mystery or fantasy ... but I digress.)

Really, maybe, as an adult read four stars. Because it really is quite good. I th...more
Audrey
Even though I'm a big fan of many of Gloria Whelan's books, I didn't originally plan on reading this, as the subject matter just didn't sound that interesting to me. Thanks to the recommendation of a member of a book list I'm part of, I decided to give it a try anyway. I'm so glad I did!

There was so much I loved about this. The writing was fresh and engaging, at turns informational and humorous. It flowed very well and the book breezed by almost before I realized it. Even minor characters—such...more
Jessie
Gloria Whelan used a great, tried and true writing style that you just don't see anymore with Small Acts of Amazing Courage. It [the 1st person point of view] wasn't overtly me-me-me like most newly written fiction, or outrageously over descriptive. It was honest and intriguing.

What I appreciated about this book is that I didn't have to agree with the Hindu religion to get through the book. It is described and talked about, but not forced on you.
I also was very glad that even though Rosalind'...more
Tom Franklin
Small Acts of Amazing Courage is the story of a 15 year old independent-minded, strong-willed girl in 1919 British-ruled India. It's a story of social mores, India through the eyes of the British, coming into one's own and standing up for one's self and the politics (family, societal and governmental) of the times.

Unfortunately, Small Acts of Amazing Courage seemed to me to be without a clear purpose. Author Gloria Whelan touches on many aspects of the culture of British-ruled India just after W...more
Caroline B
The theme of Small Acts of Amazing Courage is to be true to yourself and to put yourself out there. The story takes place in the colorful and bright country, India, in 1919. The story is told by Rosalind, who is a curious young girl who wants to understand everything. Her aunt, Louise, is sweet, caring, and daring, whereas her aunt, Ethyl, is strict, dull, and boring. After Rosalind's father returns, he quickly learns that Rosalind has been going to the bazaar and is taking care of an indian's c...more
Julie Smith (Knitting and Sundries)
This review first appeared on my blog: http://www.knittingandsundries.com/20...

FIRST SENTENCE: How can kindness get you into so much trouble?

Set in colonial India, beginning in 1919, this is the story of 15-year-old Rosalind James. Her father is a major in the British Indian Army, and is away for months at a time. Almost all British colonials living in India sent their children back to England when they were 7 or 8 years old for school, but Edward, Rosalind's only brother, had been sent back to...more
Alisa
I only gave three stars for a try to show were courage and kindness could lead you. Other than that, a book left me quite disappointed - there are about ten moments when you feel like a new story is sparked and something interested is waiting for you, but all of them ended awkwardly fast and without any surprise or explanation why that part was important. All of those parts didn't connect at the end aswell - the author finished the book as if she couldn't have been bothered to come up with anyth...more
Virginia Walter
It is 1918 in India, and teenage Rosalind is more at home in the bazaars than at the British country club where her parents think she should spend her days. The novel chronicles her growing awareness of the harsh living conditions of most ordinary Indians and her growing sympathy for the nonviolent independence movement that Gandhi is beginning to organize. The themes are serious, but there is also humor and romance as Rosalind finds her own voice and her own independence.
Leah Beecher
I really liked this one. It reminded me of all the Victoria Holt historical fiction romance novels I devoured as a girl and teen. Now that my oldest daughter is getting older I am at the point where I read or super speed-read the book first. This was a great historical fiction dealing with Gandhi and India's fight for independence over British control starting right after WWI. Like by beloved Victoria Holt books, there is a non-conformist, strong, young, British heroine. A dashing love interest,...more
Michelle
Rosalind James is a 15 year old British girl who lives in India . Her father is an officer in the British Indian Forces , making him not being able to be home all the time. Rosalind and her mother have been stationed in India their whole life. Girls her age are shipped back to England for boarding school, but she is not allowed to. Rosalind has never been to England and her mother does not want her to, since her older brother died in England while at boarding school. In the story, Rosalind becom...more
Linda
Fifteen year old Rosalind has been raised in India. The year is 1918 and Gandhi is leading the Indian people, through non-violence, to become free from British rule. Rosalind is curious and compassionate, and by buying a baby who was doomed to become a crippled beggar, Rosalind’s father determines that she must travel to England to receive a proper British education. An interesting story of life in the British colony of India, of a compassionate and independent girl. Although the protagonist is...more
Melissa
Eye-opening novel of an English teenage girl, living in India in the post-World War I era. While Indians seek to follow the example of Gandhi, Rosalind uses her natural courage and sense of justice to help others.
Jessie
Gloria Whelan seems to have carved a niche in juvenile fiction with glimpses of lives in a different time in exotic places -- this one in India just after WWI. Beautifully written with characters that draw you in.
Martha
Apr 02, 2011 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle school girls
Shelves: middle-school, 2011
Set in colonial India... don't know if the kids will appreciate all the small acts of courage that adults can identify in these characters...
Joann
historical YA fiction, set in colonial India--fascinating characters, well written
Edward Sullivan
Beautifully written, completely engaging, and absolutely delightful.
Erica
I read this as part of a Mock Newberry group that I'm participating in. It's funny because I found the first chapter to be kind of boring - it was mostly descriptive in nature, no real dialogue or interaction amongst characters. While I do appreciate having a story take place in a particular setting, I'm an even bigger fan of dialogue and character development, both of which really started taking place in the following chapters.

I only gave the book three stars because I felt like it started off...more
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Kathryn Mueller
This book captivated me right away. The story telling is fast paced, and there is an urgent tension that propels the book forward from the first chapter to the very end.

The first few chapters of the book reminded me very much of Anya's War. The protagonist (Rosy) is part of a foreign community in Asia. In this case, she is part of the ruling British community during the time that the Indians start protesting for their freedom under the leadership of Gandhi. This is certainly a clear difference i...more
Caitlin
This was a quick and charming read for children 9 and up. Our heroine is Rosalind, an English teenager living in India in the year 1918. She and her mother are awaiting the return of her father, who is away at war. Rosalind is an adventurer at heart, and soon learns of Gandhi's peaceful movement to free India from British rule. Her parents cannot understand Rosalind's desire to get involved and help the people of India, but Rosalind is a girl who knows her own mind and she tries to help in as ma...more
Cheryl A
Small Acts of Amazing Courage tells the story of 14 year old Rosalind James, daughter of an officer in the British Indian Forces and her life in India. Unlike most English children, Rosalind was not sent back "home" to England for her education, due to WWI and her mother's poor health. Rosalind was raised with the daughter of her ayah (nursemaid) and considers India her home.

When her father returns for service after the war, he finds that Rosalind has stepped over the line of British propriety a...more
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