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A Moment Comes

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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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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
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: alamw13
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
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
Jun 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Elise (TheBookishActress)
“Lines are funny things. They make us feel safe—at least for a while—knowing where we end and someone else begins. But they can also make us want, can make us bitter, wanting what lies on the other side of the line.”

2 stars. This is a half-decent historical fiction novel, but altogether isn't anything special.


This book's one pro is that it addresses a little-covered topic: the Pakistan-India partition. This issue is handled with care and sympathy towards both sides of the issue.

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
Hannah Wilson
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Rating: 3/5 ★ | 60/100 | C+
Review Summary: A rare historical setting and an atmospheric read that unfortunately doesn’t fulfill its promise

The date of 1947 will jump out to most western readers as not long after the end of WWII. The British Empire has withdrawn from India after ruling since 1858, and now India is to be partitioned to create a new dominion, Pakistan, so Muslim Indians may be separate from the Sikh Indians. Bradbury chose a fantastic historical event for the
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book, A Moment Comes by Jennifer bradbury is an interesting book about the partition of India during the 1940’s. These real events happened in the other side of the world so it is compelling to read about something that we in the western world do not focus a whole lot of whether it is in history class or just in everyday life. I would like to state first off if you are someone who enjoys history and historical fiction this is a good book for you. If you read Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson a ...more
Emily Bell
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
What I Liked
I liked the setting of this story. It's difficult to find fiction set during the partition of India, so I was excited to catch a glimpse into a monumental time in Indian culture.

What I Didn't Like
Bradbury does not do a good enough job of making the character voices individualized. Each chapter switches between Margaret, Tariq, and Anupreet, and I often found myself checking the top of the page to see who was supposed to be speaking.

There is a lot of insta-love, attempted (and faile
Alicia Carlson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed this look into India at the time of British relinquishment. It is told from the perspective of three individuals, all from a different societal class. It was different, but switching between voices was, at times confusing. There was a bit of a love story, which is usually not of interest to me. There is some violence, and because of that and the love story, which will bore my middleschoolers, I am skipping my recommendation that they read this.
Sep 03, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

I read this book for school and I have to say that it was better than most school books. It was actually quite enjoyable. When I first heard that the book was about Indians, I was thinking about Native Americans, but it is in fact about Indians from India, so I was a little disappointed about that. But other than that, I liked this book and felt like it really showed me the struggles of living in India during the partitioning.
Sally Flint
Dec 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
A great read, re-telling events of a historical event, (the partitioning of Indian and Pakistan) in a modern way that is accessible for teen readers and, to be honest, me too, as I didn't know enough about what happened as I should have done.

The story is based around three main characters, Margaret who is in Indian against her desire, as her father is a cartographer creating boundaries for India and Pakistan; Tariq, a young Muslim man working Margaret's father and desperate to get to Oxford, and
Oct 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
3 lives collide in pre-partition India. A good, pacey story told from diverse but interconnected viewpoints
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very good read but disappointing ending.
Kang P.
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Drama filled with many surprises
Kelly Evans
Feb 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this with my daughter for 5th grade - LOVED it. What a great way to intertwine the different perspectives - Muslim, Sikh, English - together. It included all the political stress, as well as the personal relationships that could develop regardless of background. All of it from the perspective of "kids." My daughter and I both enjoyed this!
Rich in Color
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, romance
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
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My favorite quote from the book:
"Lines are funny things. They make us feel safe- at least for a while- knowing where we end and something or someone else begins. But they can also make us want, can make us bitter, wanting what lies on the other side of the line. But whether it's a border on a map or a boundary between two people, the lines are still only lines. Still something someone made up, decided on they're not even real, but so long as everyone agrees to play along, they work fine. But ho
Ms. Yingling
Jul 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Amber Ovsak
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Robby Burke
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Multicultural Young Adult
A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

Target Audience: Middle School; Grades 7-8

Setting: The book takes place in Pakistan, in 1947.

Characters/plot/summary: Tariq, a Muslim teen, gets caught in a mob and has to reconcile his actions from that afternoon with his dream of going to Oxford to study. Anupreet is barely healed from another mob attack when she begins work at the British home of Margaret, daughter of a British mapmaker. Tariq is working for the mapmaker and hopes th
Abby J   6 Jaussi
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Jennifer Bradbury opened up a whole new world of culture in her novel A moment comes. India is a mysterious place, that you get to discover alongside Margaret. Margaret Darnsley is a young Britisher whose father is helping write the new boundaries of India and Pakistan. The story is written from three perspectives, Margaret, Anupreet, and Tariq. My favorite viewpoint was Tariq. He is a faithful son and a diligent worker. Tariq is Muslim, unlike all of the other household staff who are Sikh’s. Th ...more
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Apr 21, 2014 rated it liked it
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.

Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
A historical fiction tale set in Indian in 1947, Bradbury tells the tale of the separation of India into two separate nations - India and Pakistan. The story is told through three distinct voices. Tariq, a Muslim teen whose dream is to go to Oxford in England; Margaret, an English girl who accompanies her parents to India while her father works on the plan to separate the countries; and Anupreet, a beautiful Sikh girl who is hired to work for Margaret’s family while they reside in India.

Tiffany Fay
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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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