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Climbing the Stairs by Padma Venkatraman
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Aug 13, 2009

it was ok
bookshelves: childrens-historical-fiction
Read in August, 2009

Great story. Interesting history. Two problems with this for me. First the characters were extremely one dimensional. It was hard to accept that a household so anti-violence would be so verbally cruel to each other. There were no redeeming qualities of kindness in most of the characters and the ones that were kind appeared to be martyrs. The second problem for me was the lack of explanation of the festivals and holidays that they celebrated. A little more background, a glossary or something like that would have been beneficial. Not for elementary.

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