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

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

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by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, Troy Howell (Illustrator)

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School Library Journal - 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.

Product Details

American Girl Publishing
Publication date:
Girls of Many Lands Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.79(d)
740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Houston, Texas, and San Jose, California
Date of Birth:
July 29, 1956
Place of Birth:
Kolkata, India
B.A. in English, Kolkata University 1976; Ph.D. in English, University of California at Berkeley, 1984

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Neela: Victory Song (Girls of Many Lands Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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?
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!