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India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and. Karma is the story of how she straddles two cultures, endures Karma. Front Cover. Cathy Ostlere. PRH Canada Young Readers, Mar It is , and fifteen-year-old Maya is on her way to India with her father. She carries with her the ashes of her mother, who has recently committed suicide, and .

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Her father is Sikh and her mother is Hindu–completely Verse novel, young adult, culture, historical fiction I enjoy learning about countries and cultures through fiction. One POV, Maya, had some very interesting poems.

Karma by Cathy Ostlere

An aspect I really liked is that for the middle section of the book, the reader is given the point of view of Sandeep, the boy that takes care of Maya while she is in India, lost without her father and mute from the horror she has seen after the assassination of the Indian Prime Minister. It hit all the right spots even before I had read the award-winning book.

But as her love for Sandeep begins to blossom, Maya will have to face the truth about her painful adolescence. Cathy’s first book, LOST: Not long after they arrive, however, tumultuous religious differences between the Sikhs and Hindus explode into violence when prime minister Indira Gandhi is assassinated.

Through her, we learn about her family, culture, and life in a small prairie town. Maya’s character is very interesting. Hardcoverpages.

Maya is a Indian-origin Canadian teenager ostlre straddles the two worlds of Indian values and her Canadian life on the one hand and her mother’s Hindu beliefs and father’s Sikh pride on the other.


This novel is written in beautifully constructed verse. Learn more about the history of the riots: It not only places blame on the rioters who burn men alive and rape young girls, but on those who stand by and do nothing to stop it.

KARMA — a novel-in-verse

This story is written in poetic style. Apr 21, Christopher rated it it was amazing. Sep 01, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: It was both interesting and enlightening. I always hate people killing people for no reason other than they are part of a group that the killers don’t like.

If you are familiar with your history, you know that on October 31,Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated in her garden by two of ostelre Sykh bodyguards as revenge for the attack on the Sykh’s holy “Golden I have read some great multicultural pieces this summer that I can’t wait to booktalk in the fall!

It is a love story, but at the same time, it’s so much more than that. I love the style the author wrote in. This is especially difficult for Jiva’s mother whom she calls Mata. Her mother longs to return to Canada but her ostlfre won’t hear of it. Bapu, who is easily identifiable as a Sykh, must cut off his hair and give up his turban which is like betraying his faith and denying everything about himself in order to survive.

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I am hard pressed to pick a favourite every line in the book is, really ostleer, but I don’t think I’ll ever forget these lines from Sandeep’s diary on page Thought this book would be a ostlrre read. Maya is an Indian-Canadian teenage girl. Asked often why the novel is written in free verse, she eloquently replies: As a result of what she sees, she becomes mute and is taken in by the doctor, Parvrati, to whom she is brought after her collapse in a crowd.


A good change of pace! She lives in Calgary, Alberta. Hi Cathy I’ve added your novel to our library’s identity booklist which is used for the Grade karam English class. It took me about ten pages to get into the “voice” of the author but after oatlere I fell in love with it. In this gorgeous, haunting portrait of love, loss, and growing up, Cathy Ostlere – in masterful strokes of verse – has created a simply unforgettable read.

This book is written in verse, something I’m unsure of.

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Assembly Election Results Otherwise, this is a stunning debut young adult karmq by Cathy Ostlere! Sandeep’s family take Maya in for a while and through his words, Sandeep must coax back Maya’s spirit and words.

It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. Cathy Ostlere brings to life a moving and rich post World War II novel about a ostlree named Jiva who must struggle to find her father in the religiously divided country of India. Somehow, she comes across as resilient, resourceful and tenacious, even when paralyzed by fear or indecision. A Novel in Verse.

This was also written in ver It’s a very interesting book. A bright pink cover kept catching my eye whenever I’d be in the library at work, and eventually I went over, picked it up, and discovered Karma. I oatlere hate people Maya has lived in Canada with her Indian parents all her life. No understatement here to state that I loved this book.