Small Acts of Amazing Courage (Rosalind of the Raj #1)
It's 1919, and Rosalind is lucky. She's fifteen and has managed to avoid being shipped...more
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
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
Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the novel. I see them as relating to the relationship between India and Britain as well as relating to the personal relationships and growth of characters in th...more
Fifteen year old Rosalind James has always lived in India with her mother and her father, a major in the British Indian Army and a deputy commissioner. She is a bright girl with interests outside those of the other English girls who spend endless hours dressing up and gossiping while talking of fashion and teas. Her intellectual curiosity and her dawning awareness of social issues leads her to become interested in social justice and Gandhi much to her father's strong displeasure. When he...more
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
When Rosalind’s Father returns from his deployment things are …tense. Father a...more
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
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
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
In 1919, Rosalind James would be considered a rebel: defying her parents by listening to the oratory of Gandhi, saving neglected Indian children and helping place them in an orphanage, traveling alone on a steamer back to her “native” England whilst helping quell an onboard cholera epidemic, helping her spinster Aunt and guardian gain independence from the aunt’s intolerant sister, and inviting a local Indian friend to dinner in spite of the racial implica...more
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
I only gave the book three stars because I felt like it started off...more
Really, maybe, as an adult read four stars. Because it really is quite good. I th...more
Small Acts of Amazing Courage is about an English girl named Rosalind who is kept in India by her mother - extremely over-protective ever since Rosalind's younger brother was sent to England to study and died. Rosalind is not the proper young lady, however, and she gets involved with Gandhi and India's desire to be free from British rule. Her father returns from war and immediately sends her away to English to become a "proper young lady". Even across the ocean though, Rosalind still rebels and...more
It was inspiring all the things she did, but sometimes I'd be drawn out of t...more