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As the partition of India nears in 1947 bringing violence even to Jalandhar, Tariq, a Muslim, finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in Anupreet, a Sikh girl, and Margaret, a British girl whose affection for him might help with his dream of studying at Oxford.
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published June 25th 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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It is an excellent book in a time where YA historic fiction novels are few and far between. The subject matter was refreshing and it reminded me a bit of the movie 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel'. I enjoyed reading about the flavor of India and empathized with the two Indian teen characters seeking to better their lot in life. The juxtaposition of Margaret's life of privilege as a Brit to Anu's life as a Sikh and Tariq's as a Moslem during the turmoil that preceded partition was well done. I ne...more
Nicole (Reading Books With Coffee)
A Moment Comes was a really interesting read for me, for a few different reasons.

One: It's set during the partition of India, which is something I never heard of until I read this book. So it was really cool to read something about a period of time I never even knew about.

Two: I love that it's set in a time and place that I don't normally read about. I like historical fiction, but I feel like a lot of the historical fiction I read is in England/Europe/the U.S. So it's nice to read something diff...more
Wow, I went into this without the slightest bit of knowledge about the partitioning of India and Pakistan. I learned so much, but I was also drawn in to the lives of the three very different characters, one Muslim, one Sikh, and one cranky English girl. There was a tiny smidgen of romance, but this story was driven by the politics of the time. I think each of the main characters deserves a book of their own after this one. I loved the cameos of the Mountbattens, in no small part because they wer...more
What makes us fall in love with a book? Well for me it takes a few different things. I need to relate to the characters, feel like I understand the setting and fall in love with the writing style. When I started A Moment Comes it seemed like I would hate this book because everything expect for the writing style was missing. It had the makings of a book I would feel nothing for, yet it turned out to be the exact opposite.

The characters were so far removed from my way of life that I was immediatel...more
Source: Received an e-ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

After taking some classes on Indian history, I discovered that I have a deep fascination for the country and its history that is not often sated in YA fiction, which so often focuses on American or fantastical worlds. Luckily we have books like this, a more serious offering from the author of Wrapped, the historical MG/YA.

What first caught me about this book is its setting during the partition of Indi...more
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? It's not especially exciting, though the peacock feather is gorgeous, and is what initially caught my attention.

Characters: I didn't like Margaret from the start. Her first reaction toward Anupreet was to be jealous of her because Anupreet was prettier, and Margaret took an interest in Tariq simply so she could flirt with him. She was spoiled brat who was desperate for drama. Her only good quality was her medical training, and she doesn't get to do much of that in the sto...more
Despite its beautiful cover, this book left a lot to be desired. Set during the partition of India and Pakistan, the plot weaves the stories of three very different characters: Margaret, the British cartographer's daughter, Tariq, the Muslim errand runner and Oxford hopeful, and Anupreet, the Sikh housemaid. While I think this book had a lot of potential and an interesting setting, it just didn't live up to what the author was attempting. I think the historical component was merely scratched, as...more
This YA fiction is set in the era of partition in India. It talks about the enviornment they lived in the dangers they face!
Anu a Sikh girl,Tariq a young teen who is a Muslim who has dreams of his own, Margaret the daughter of the cartographer's daughter who has just come to India with her parents .

The worst times in the history of India where British gave India its freedom but the country paid a price, by agreeing to be partitioned which started off intense riots between Hindus and Muslims. Sil...more
A unique Historical Fiction story set during the partitioning of India and Pakistan. While not a time period that I was at all familiar with, the story drew me in and made me want to learn more. Google was my friend during this read. Not only was I searching the time period, but the history of the religions and the various clothing and other cultural vocabulary used throughout.

The story follows the lives of 3 young people living in India during 1947 and the partitioning of India and Pakistan.

Tiffany Fay
4 stars
Again, I'll admit, the cover initially drew me in.

I had VERY high hopes for the varied perspectives. Bradbury captured the differences and similarities between all three characters very well.

The Author's Note suggests that the historical aspect of the story was really the focus of the book. I do think she handled that aspect very well. Bradbury conveyed the fear of violence for everyone, on all sides, and showed how easily someone could be surrounded by danger. You do get a sense of the p...more
Jenni Frencham
This book follows the lives of three teens during the partition that created India and Pakistan as two separate countries. One is a Sikh, one a Muslim, and the third is the daughter of the British man who is drawing the line between the countries.

I ended up enjoying this book much more than I expected. I was able to slip into this culture and watch what was happening, and there was enough context given that I could understand things that I would otherwise have been oblivious to. Also, the forei...more
I liked this historical fiction story much more than I thought I would--considering it takes place around an event I knew nothing about. Set in India in 1947 during the partition of India/Pakistan, as India is on the verge of independence from the UK. Three teens, one from each side of the event more or less, are the central characters and show the difficulties from all sides. All three (British, Sikh, and Muslim) are very likeable, and yet believable characters. This would be a great choice for...more
I know there isn't infinite time in history class to get through all culture and countries, but I wish there was more diversity in what we studied in history class. I don't think I ever studied Indian history. Well, we watched the movie Gandhi, but I hardly think that should count. I was ignorant enough when I read this book to have to look up where this was taking place and I checked a few other places on the map too. I really enjoyed this novel. The three different perspectives, which were div...more
The year is 1947, and a big change is coming to India. After years of colonial rule, the British government is withdrawing and Partitioning the country. Soon there will be a new country, where Muslims are the majority, called Pakistan. The move was meant to create peace, but the opposite is happening. Bloody riots are becoming routine as religious tensions rise and millions of refugees flee one country for the other. In a town near the border, three people who should have never met will change...more
Carly Thompson
Historical Fiction set in India during the partition of 1947. Told from the point of view of three different teenagers--Margaret, the daughter of a British mapmaker, Tariq, a Muslim who dreams of attending Oxford University, and Anupreet,a beautiful Sikh who is recovering from a potential rape and the scarring of her face.

The author depicts the sectarian violence occurring in Northern India at the time between Muslims and Sikhs and with the character of Margaret introduces an outsider perspectiv...more
When I picked up this book at my local library, I never expected to learn so much from and be so touched by the three characters who tell their stories in its pages. I honestly just picked up the book because of its beautiful cover....
But I was pleasantly surprised! I learned a lot about something I never even knew was an issue- the partition of India and Pakistan. This is something I'm extremely grateful for. I'm so glad I have the opportunity to experience new worlds through reading books suc...more
Ms. Yingling
Set in 1947, just as the Partition of India is about to take place, this book is from the point of view of three different young people involved in the process. Tariq is a Muslim, and his family is preparing to move to Pakistan. He doesn't want to go, because his grandfather convinced him that all of the people most instrumental in changing India went to Oxford in England, so he gets a job with an English cartographer in order to perhaps get a reference. Anupreet is Sikh, and sent to work in the...more
An important book because of subject matter: the division of India and Pakistan by the British as they relinquished power. This isn't something mentioned much in history classes - usually its WWII is over, woo hoo, now prosperity and rock & roll...oh and some other stuff happened in other countries, probably. It is not a history of the event, with dates and names, but tells the stories of three young adults in the months and days leading up to the division. These young people are as self-cen...more
Amber Ovsak
Set during the India/Pakistan partition, this novel tells the story of how three young adults from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds united to overcome adversity. In accordance with the genre of historical fiction, A Moment Comes is mostly driven by setting. The social and political climate of the borderlands during the partition generates the important themes and elements of the story.

Every chapter in the book is told from one of three teen’s perspectives, each representative of the dif...more
Rich in Color
The beautiful and colorful cover caught my eye immediately though it seemed to be trying to go for the exotic look with the peacock feather. Anupreet is beautiful, but of the three main characters, Tariq was actually the one whose story stood out to me. It might have been nice to have him on the cover.

Writing a book with three distinct points of view and sharing them equally is a challenge and I felt that Tariq stole the show. He is the one who seemed to go through the most inner turmoil and he...more
This was the best type of historical fiction book--I didn't know anything about the time period before I read it, and I learned so much from it. Three teens cross paths in the house of a British Cartographer who is responsible for drawing the national borders between India and the new nation of Pakistan.

Tariq is a young Muslim who dreams of attending Oxford in England and leaving all of the violence and fighting between the Muslims and Sikhs behind. Anupreet is a young Sikh girl working as a se...more
Andrea Hornedo
Jennifer Brabury's YA novel, A Moment Comes focuses on the period of time when the British were convinced to relinquish control of the jewel of the empire. A haunting tale told from three older teens points of view, a Muslim boy, a Sikh girl, and the daughter of the British cartographer in charge of determining the exact divisions of land. The two months leading up to and immediately after the partition of land that reduced India to what it is today, as well as created what is now known as Pakis...more
The premise on the fly leaf intrigued me after the cover caught my eye. I admit, I was just browsing the new acquisitions in our local library YA section, aghast at the sheer volume of new additions with vampires of one sort or another. Partition, 1947, three young people from three different points of view.

The promising suggestion of a good story was not spoiled, for Jennifer Bradbury has created the kind of tension which stays with the reader right through to the end. It is difficult enough f...more
Jennifer Bradbury's A Moment Comes is a fascinating glimpse into some of the struggles surrounding the partitioning of Pakistan and India, told from the perspective of three teens, a Muslim boy, a Sikh girl, and a newly arrived British girl. All have a "past", but how they handle these few months will determine their future.

A great read for YA up. Especially recommended for those who enjoy armchair travel or historical fiction.
Jeanne Williams
Set during the last stages of the partitioning of India and Pakistan, the story brings together three young characters of different backgrounds--Sikh, Muslim, and British. Their own dreams and attractions play out against religious violence. No simple solution, no contrived solution, the ending brings out the best in the three characters and sets them all on new and separate paths.
Jul 30, 2013 Jennifer rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This was a very good YA historical fiction told through the eyes of 3 teens during the tumultuous partition of India in 1947. Anu is a Sikh girl recently attacked in the violence, whose family is desperate to keep her safe. Tariq is a brilliant Muslim who longs to attend Oxford but sees this as impossible since his family is relocating to the new country of Pakistan. Then there is Margaret Darnsley, the golden-haired English girl whose father is one of the consultants to Radcliffe charged with r...more
Nathan Gray
This historical fiction story explores the division between India and Pakistan as the British prepare to give up their claim on India. It portrays some of the undercurrents felt by all three groups, through three fictional youth protagonists.
Janet Flora Corso
I just read this book in a few hours this morning. I couldn't stop. I was completely sucked into the story and learned quite a bit about this period of history which I was barely familiar with. Recommended for historical fiction readers.
This was a pretty good book suffice to say. I would rate it 4.5 stars. At the beginning I was confused and it took me a while to get into it. There were a lot of names that would not be so common in my culture so i kept getting lost of who the characters were, then I later saw that there was a glossary at the end, which would have been helpful. By then end of this book, however, i was totally taken. I loved the intense plot and I thought the characters were really well developed. There was a lit...more
This book takes place in India in the late 1940s. I think I learned about India and Pakistan's split briefly in 9th grade geography, but I didn't really know the turmoil and craziness that went along with it. I really liked seeing the point of view of three vastly different characters. One clue to me that's it's a good book: it makes me want to learn more about that time period. Recommend!
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Jennifer Bradbury is an English teacher living in Burlington, Washington. She and her husband took a two-month long bicycling trek from Charleston, South Carolina, to Los Angeles, California for their honeymoon, changing more than fifty flat tires along the way. She was also a one-day winner of Jeopardy! Shift is her first novel.
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