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Karma by Cathy Ostlere
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Jun 07, 2011

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bookshelves: 2011, historical-fiction, psc-reviews, realistic-fiction, young-adult, poetry
Read from June 07 to August 30, 2011

3.5 stars

Maya is a Canadian who is half Hindu and half Sikh. At the age 15, she and her father are traveling back to India to carry her mom's ashes to her final resting place. Their timing could not be worse, however, as they arrive in New Delhi on the day that prime minister Indira Gandhi is shot. The city is in absolute chaos as a massacre occurs due to the conflicts among the different religious factions. Maya's dad leaves their hotel, and when he does not return, Maya is forced to rely on a boy she just met to help her escape and stay alive.

Written as a novel in verse, Karma is a fairly easy read in terms of length and vocabulary. However, it is definitely geared to higher level readers in terms of the content. Should stimulate much discussion about political and religious issues, world view, etc.

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