It is 1984, 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 arrives in Delhi on the eve of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's assassination - one of the bloodiest riots in the country's history. Then Maya is separated from her father and must rely upon the help of a mysterious, kindhearted boy, Sandeep, to safely reunite them. But as her love for Sandeep begins to blossom, Maya will have to face the truth about her painful adolescence . . . if she's ever to imagine her future. In this gorgeous, haunting portrait of love, loss, and growing up, Cathy Ostlere - in masterful strokes of verse - has created a simply unforgettable read.
Author: Ostlere, Cathy
Language: English | | Age Range: 14 to 18
The Lexile "Power V™" Word Selector identifies up to 10 challenging words in each book that are important for students to know. Read more about the PowerV Word Selector.
For a Particular Reader
Enter a reader's Lexile® measure to calculate his or her expected comprehension for this book and to view vocabulary targeted to his or her reading ability.
Within a range from 100L below to 50L above his or her Lexile measure, a reader is expected to comprehend the text well enough to understand it, while still experiencing some reading challenge.