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The Grasshopper's Run

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  35 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
1944. The Imperial Japanese Army, undefeated everywhere on the Asian mainland, finally invades British India from the east. Their fortunes are about to change! This is a dramatic tale of friendship, war and community.
Paperback, 197 pages
Published May 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (first published January 1st 2011)
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Harini Srinivasan
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s, adventure, war
'The Grasshopper's Run' won the Crossword Award for the best children’s book of 2010, but it's really a YA or even an adult novel. Spurred by curiosity, I scoured the shops for it, and finally managed to buy it online. And was simply blown away by Siddhartha Sarma’s unflinching honesty, his ability to enter into the mind of an adolescent boy, his evocative portrayal of a land and its people, and his clean, virile and yet sensitive prose; as well as by the touching story of a friendship. This is ...more
Roni Roshni
Oct 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
The book is set in during the 2nd world war in the north-east region of India, mainly Assam. As debut novels come, this is most certainly in the very well written category. It also went on to receive the Vodafone Crossword and Bal Sahitya awards. All the details are well researched and cleanly explained. Siddhartha Sarma’s job as a journalist definitely seemed to help make the book feel professional. The book is supposed to be for 9-12 year olds as the language is easy and not over the top but t ...more
Agamonee Barbaruah
Apr 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
In TGR, history meets fiction in a way that makes you look at things in a rather different way.

The grief of a young boy who has lost his best friend, coupled with his urge to avenge his death and all of that emotional upheaval, finely meshed with a meticulous military-like planning and boldness -- was what impressed me the most. Without any announcement or felicitation of his bravery, you can see how the boy becomes a man.

Siddhartha's narrative doesn't try to be smart, yet it very subtly and mat
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jc
Feb 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a stand-out example of Indian YA fiction. The story is compelling and teaches a lot about an almost ignored aspect of what we westerners are taught about WWII. The writing is fantastic.
Chi-yen Hwang
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gojen revenge for Uti on Commander Mori of Japanese Army
WW2 in India
Involved the natives, Japanese, and British
Ujjwal Munshi
Apr 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
proud to say that the authors a friend :) very well written and thoroughly researched debut.. way to go siddharth!
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