Neela: Victory Song (Girls of Many Lands Series #1)

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Neela, 12, lives in India, where 200 years of British rule has turned sour. When she befriends an underground freedom fighter, Samar, her interest in India's struggle begins to consume her every thought. Her father has joined Mohandas Gandhi's peaceful "civil disobedience" movement, and she becomes determined to help him and Samar fight for her country's freedom. Meanwhile, her mother has brought her news of an offer of marriage, a lucky catch as the boy is from a wealthy and cultured family. Refusing to rush into an engagement, she steals away from home, disguised as a boy, and heads for Calcutta. Neela has several adventures and close calls, but she finds both men and is instrumental in getting them safely home. A strong female protagonist and historical subject matter are limited by a predictable plot. A hinted-at romance between Samar and Neela never emerges and the drama of the country's political tension is watered-down by far-fetched heroics. For a title that focuses on the mystical and exotic flavor of India, lead readers to Suzanne Fisher Staples's Shiva's Fire (Farrar, 2000).-Alison Follos, North Country School, Lake Placid, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781584855217
  • Publisher: American Girl Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/28/2002
  • Series: Girls of Many Lands Series, #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Struggle for Indian Rights

    This book is amazing.It really helps you understand what people like Neela had to go through for indapendance. I am 100% Indian and just moved from India and thought that this is a great book. You could get the exact picture of what was going on in the same colour to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2005


    I'm half Indian and when I saw this book I thought it was going to be just like every other book but it was much more! This book was so good and exciting!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2005

    love it!

    this book is my favorite of the series! i love learning about different cultures and reading a good adventure book, and this one has both! i love it when neela disguises herself as a boy. really cool. i recamend this book to any one who loves learning about different cultures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2004

    Good Book

    Neela: Victory Song is definately a book I would recommend. It shows readers India's struggle for independence through 12 year old Neela's eyes. This book is a must for readers who like historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2004

    Really good book

    This book was very good! I loved how it was talking about Neela's life ,but at the same time describing what life was like in India. I think you should read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2003

    Neela and her World

    Neela Sen is a twelve-year-old girl growing up while India is fighting for it's freedom in 1939. Life for Neela isn't perfect now or days. Her older sister Usha has just gotten married and has went away to live with her husband. Neela knows now that her mother will be looking for a husband for her. But Neela has other problems, her father has went away for Calcutta for a week, but hasn't returned on the date he was suppose to and a freedom fighter has been hurt and is living in Neela's barn. Neela later decides to go to Calcutta herself and get her father, with the help of her friend Bimala. Will Neela ever get her father back, or will the constables just take him away again?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2002

    Excellent look into India's Independence Struggle!

    I think the author did a wonderful job with this book, it teaches you about the struggle, and in the process, about India's culture. I was just wondering, will there be sequels to these books? Because I think they're great!

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