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Chloe in India

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  67 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
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...a coming-of-age story about 11-year-old Chloe Jones, whose family moves from Boston to Delhi, where Chloe must navigate the waters of her new prep school while India is undergoes its own dramatic social changes.
224 pages
Published March 2016 by Delacorte (first published January 12th 2016)
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Sep 13, 2015 Dana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, childrens, buy, 2015

Chloe in India is the story of a young American girl that is forced to move to India with her family. Once there, she struggles to fit in and eventually learns the importance of being yourself and treating people as equals.

I really enjoyed this story and can't remember the last time that I was so engrossed in a middle grade book. I liked how the book was an honest portrayal of not only how a young girl would feel trying to fit into a completely different culture, but that the book also showed a
I requested this from Net Galley after reading the blurb and realising just how important this book could be for kids to read. Especially for kids who are like me, Third Culture Kids.

Chloe however, has only really lived in one place all her life, Boston. So she gets quite the culture shock when her parents relocate her older and baby sister to Delhi. Her mother is an investigative journalist, and along with her father they agree that while they will send their girls to a private school, that the
Nov 04, 2016 Tetiana rated it really liked it
Chloe in India is a book about an 11 year old girl who moved to India from Boston with her family. She has two sisters one younger, and one older. Chloe started going to an Academy where she met a new girl who was really rich . Chloe thought she could fit in with her since both of them have been to America. Chloe was homesick all the time, because no matter how hard she tried to fit in with the popular girls, it never worked, because one day they are nice to her, the other day they hate her. One ...more
Nov 03, 2016 Tetiana rated it really liked it
The book Chloe in India is about an 11 year old girl who moved with her family, 2 sisters and parents from Boston to Delhi. Chloe had to attend an academy where there are many different types of people. She met the richest girl at the school, whose dad is in charge of mostly everything, and she met another girl who lives in a little cabin with her dad, that drinks water from a bucket. Chloe was really confused about this place, and felt homesick all the time. One side of Delhi is all rich with ...more
Ellen Zarate
A great story about adjusting to a home in a new land. Chloe has moved from Boston to India and her story is moving and enlightening. In some ways, school is school and kids are kids, but cultural adjustments can be eye-opening as she finds out when finding her place on the social ladder and deciding what kind of person she wants to be.
After her family moves from Boston to India so that her mother can pursue her journalism career, eleven-year-old Chloe Jones struggles to adjust to new new school in New Delhi and the unfamiliar culture. Not only does her blonde hair make her stand out from among all the other students with dark tresses, but she isn't sure of herself for many reasons, including the language, the intense heat, and the values of some of her classmates and their families. Not having friends is something new for ...more
Jan 08, 2016 Aeicha rated it it was ok
Eleven-year old Chloe, and her family, have moved from America to Delhi in India because, as her journalist mother puts its, “that’s where the stories are”. With her blond hair and American ways, Chloe doesn’t exactly fit in with her mostly very rich, Indian peers. But when Lakshmi, who is very poor and treated as an outcast, joins Chloe’s class, the two form an unexpected friendship. The two young girls must navigate the world of mean girls, class separation, and their own preconceived ideas.

Virginia McGee Butler
Jan 11, 2016 Virginia McGee Butler rated it really liked it
My first impression as I began the advance reading copy of Chloe in India by Kate Darnton, provided by Net Galley, could best be described as irony. Chloe, a middle class American girl finds herself a minority in Class Five at the Premium Academy in New Delhi, India. Blonde American girls aren’t usually on the fringe. Homesickness for her best friend and the life she knew in Boston intensifies her struggle to fit into this world so different from the one she knows.
Her first attempt to adapt as
Ms. Yingling
Jan 05, 2016 Ms. Yingling rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wndb
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Chloe and her sister Anna were not thrilled when their family moved to India to help their mother's career as a news reporter, but at least Anna is fitting into Premium Academy better than Chloe. Chloe desperately wants to be friends with the popular Anvi, but can't keep herself from doing silly things that alienate her from her classmates, like trying to dye her blonde hair black with magic marker. When two underprivileged girls, Lakshmi and Meher join the class, Chloe t
Debra Schoenberger
Sep 07, 2015 Debra Schoenberger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
This book appealed to me because the setting takes place in New Delhi, India. Chloe’s family has relocated from Boston and she has been enrolled in a private school called Premium Academy. She feels out of sorts, and is reluctant to make friends. She’s a bit of a rebel or “firecracker” and often finds herself in uncomfortable situations.

The author lived in New Delhi for five years so her descriptions of of the city were delightful. This is how she describes the time before the monsoon rains come
April Duclos
What did you like about the book? Recently a Bostonian but now living with her parents and sisters in India, 11 year old Chloe is not happy to be the only blond (and American) girl in her class at Premium Academy in New Delhi. She is alone and lonely and desperately wants to fit in (especially to get the attention of Uber Popular rich girl Anvi) That is, she is lonely until even newer girl Lakshmi shows up. Despite their differences in economic class, language and appearance, the two become ...more
Sep 01, 2015 Abigail rated it really liked it
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I decided to read this book for a couple of reasons. The cover interested me first, the colors are bright and I loved it immediately. Second it’s set in India! How cool is that? And the last reason was because I’ve been reading a lot of YA books and I wanted to move out of that age group and read something a little different.

Chloe in India was a fun read. It only took me a couple of hours to read it start to
May 22, 2016 Mary rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
An enjoyable book about a young girl from Boston whose family moves to New Delhi. Some of Chloe's experiences with mean girls and popularity prove to be universal. What is interesting is that, in feeling like a misfit herself, Chloe slowly befriends Lakshmi, a girl who is outcast because of her low socioeconomic status. Darnton portrays their friendship realistically. Chloe is slow to admit their friendship to others at school, which I think would be true of many lonely children who want to be ...more
Oct 12, 2016 Teresa rated it liked it
Shelves: diversity
I liked a lot about this book. The voice of the main character was pretty realistic, and her complaints rang true, but I had concerns about how realistic the placement of a very poor girl in an elite school might be. However, evidently this is current practice in India now, as part of an integration effort.

Okay, so then we have an American girl rescuing the poor native girl. This is made more palatable by the fierce and independent nature of Lakshmi--she has other friends, she breaks off with C
Nov 29, 2015 Andria rated it liked it
This book was given to me as an advanced reader copy in Ohio at aasl's national conference. This book spent quite a bit of time on the extremes of the economic spectrum in India. It did not seem to describe much of the average person's life which the class was made up of in majority. I would have liked to see more of the interactions of all of the students within the class. I really liked the descriptiveness of the settings of India. It gave me a very bright mental picture. The most ...more
Nov 17, 2015 Libby rated it it was amazing
Darnton has written an engaging story of an American girl adjusting to life in India. This typical "new school" novel takes on an added dimension as Chloe also has to adjust to the nuances of a new culture. The author has lived in India and describes the culture well from a foreigner's viewpoint (a good thing as many western authors try to take on the viewpoint of a different culture but don't come across as authentic.) Issues such as caste differences are not glossed over, but are part of the ...more
Dec 29, 2015 Sarah rated it really liked it
I loved this book. It is so important for children to be exposed to different cultures and this book does that. Now that I homeschool, I find myself reading differently. There are so many lessons in this book. India, family, culture, adversity, etc, are all touched upon to the appropriate degree for a middle grade reader. Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing the eBook in exchange for honest review.
Sue Poduska
Dec 28, 2015 Sue Poduska rated it really liked it
This is a new-kid-in-class story with more than a couple of twists. The main character, one of the new kids, is an American girl in a Delhi, India school. Trying to fit into class five as only one of two blondes in the entire school, Chloe is confused by the somewhat subtle caste system still present in India.

Kids will get a chance to learn an awful lot about living in India and will learn a few words of Hindi along the way. I highly recommend it.
Heidi Busch
Jul 22, 2016 Heidi Busch rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
I enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a glimpse of a part of the world that I didn't know much about. Seeing India through the eyes of an American child gave the story a unique perspective. I think it would be a great addition to a cultural studies curriculum and I also think it might be a good book to read aloud to a class.
Kay Terrell
Jul 06, 2016 Kay Terrell rated it really liked it
Chloe's family embarks on a family move to India from Boston. She encounters New Delhi as a challenging and exciting place to live. She has to make friends where she stands out with her blond hair and blue eyes. She is faced with the reality of poverty and how to help others. I really enjoyed this sweet little novel.
Jun 17, 2016 Krystal rated it it was amazing
this book definietly showed a good, clear perspective of the indian culture! I loved it in that sense, and love how the book showed Indian surroundings, and that can definietly help twist kid's minds about learning about different countries in our vast world!!!
Feb 19, 2016 Julie rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

"Chloe in India is a poignant story about the beauty of individuality and the extraordinary strength that even the most unusual friendship can possess." indeed.

AND i knew a lot of the Hindi words so that felt pretty rad.
Kristen Iworsky
Dec 30, 2015 Kristen Iworsky rated it really liked it
The author does a good job of introducing to children the corruption and struggles 'lower class' Indians face.
Anika Somaia
Aug 25, 2016 Anika Somaia rated it it was amazing
Omg. This is a great book. It's surely a must read even if you're not addicted to realistic fiction.
You'll be able to relate to this book really well which is what makes it a gripping story.
TJ Burns
May 27, 2016 TJ Burns marked it as to-read
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Mamano rated it liked it
Oct 17, 2016
Jun 04, 2016 Lori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, culture
Great book. Having lived in India a year with my family I found the book spot on.
Lies rated it really liked it
Mar 06, 2016
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Graham Fox rated it it was amazing
Mar 28, 2016
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Kelly Beach rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2016
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