05 March 2014
A Moment Comes
Bradbury, Jennifer. A Moment Comes. Atheneum BFYR, 2013.
This book follows the lives of three teens during the partition that created India and Pakistan as two separate countries. One is a Sikh, one a Muslim, and the third is the daughter of the British man who is drawing the line between the countries.
I ended up enjoying this book much more than I expected. I was able to slip into this culture and watch what was happening, and there was enough context given that I could understand things that I would otherwise have been oblivious to. Also, the foreign words were defined in the back (although I wish they had been italicized throughout the story). I could see this book being popular in my school, and it would help my students understand an historical time period they might not otherwise be exposed to.
Recommend for: teens
Red Flags: the mom gets drunk toward the end of the story, the Sikh girl is captured and there is threat of her being raped; there's lots of talk of violence and people dying,
Overall Rating: 5/5 stars