The dramatic second story in the Surya Trilogy by Whitbread award-winning Jamila Gavin, author of Coram Boy.
India 1948. “The light has gone out of our world.” Mahatma Gandhi is assassinated. In India, chaos and turmoil reign. In England, Jaspal and Marvinder’s father is in prison. Jaspal cannot forgive him, and longs to return to his village in the Punjab where he feels he belongs. Marvinder has found friends, her first love, and her gift as a violinist. But how can she ignore her mother’s voice calling her back to India? She is torn between two worlds.
A story of the search for reconciliation, the sequel to Wheel of Surya is a beautifully crafted story sets against the backdrop of Indian independence and the Partition of India and Pakistan. No children’s books about India conveys these issues and themes with the effortless ease of Jamila Gavin. Her diverse voice is the perfect introduction to this period of history, for fans of The Bone Sparrow, Morris Gleitzman’s Once, and Katherine Rundell’s The Wolf Wilder.
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