A Moment Comes - Jennifer Bradbury (Hardcover)

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9781416978763
Department
Books
Released
25 Jun 2013
Supply Source
USA

Book

Author
Jennifer Bradbury
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Simon & Schuster
Language
English
Number of Pages
278
Dimensions
216 x 152 x 32mm (372g)

Annotation

As the partition of India nears in 1947 bringing violence even to Jalandhar, Tariq, a Muslim, finds himself caught between his forbidden interest in Anupreet, a Sikh girl, and Margaret, a British girl whose affection for him might help with his dream of studying at Oxford.

Summary

Before India was divided, three teens, each from wildly different backgrounds, cross paths. And then, in one moment, their futures become irrevocably intertwined.

Tariq. Anupreet. Margaret. As different as their Muslim, Sikh, and British names. But in one moment, their futures become entirely dependent on one another's.

While the rest of India anxiously awaits the upcoming partition that will divide the country into two separate religious states, eighteen-year-old Tariq focuses on his own goal: to study at Oxford. But for a Muslim born and raised in India, there is no obvious path to England&;until Tariq is offered a job translating for one of the British cartographers stationed in India, tasked with establishing the new borders.

Margaret, the cartographer&;s daughter, has only just arrived in India. But already she has discovered it to be hot, loud, and dull. She can&;t go anywhere alone for fear of the riots and violence. Eager for a distraction, she finds one in Tariq.

But it&;s Anupreet, another member of the staff, who has truly captured Tariq&;s eye. She&;s strikingly beautiful&;but she&;s a Sikh, so not someone Tariq should even be caught looking at. And yet he&;s compelled to&;

Against the backdrop of the nearly forgotten history of the partition of India, Jennifer Bradbury, as if with strands of silk, weaves together the heart-pounding tale of three teenagers on wildly different paths, on the verge of changing each other&;s lives forever.

Juvenile Fiction

General Subject
Juvenile Grades 7-9 Ages 12-14
BISAC Subject 1
Juvenile Fiction / Historical / Asia
BISAC Subject 2
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Violence
BISAC Subject 3
Juvenile Fiction / Social Issues / Prejudice & Racism
BIC Classification 1
Personal & social issues: bullying, violence & abuse (Children's / Teenage)
Library Subject 1
Interpersonal relations; Fiction.
Library Subject 2
Toleration; Fiction.
Library Subject 3
Household employees; Fiction.
Dewey Classification
[Fic]

Author Bio

Jennifer Bradbury is the author of the middle grade novel River Runs Deep and of several critically acclaimed young adult novels: A Moment Comes, Wrapped, and her debut, Shift--which Kirkus Reviews called "fresh, absorbing, compelling" in a starred review. Shift was picked as an ALA and a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and is also on numerous state reading lists. A former English teacher and one-day Jeopardy! champ, she lives with her family in Burlington, Washington.

Review Quotes

*"India, 1947: As Britain prepares to divide the country before leaving, three lives unexpectedly intersect.
The partition of India and Pakistan, based on a border drawn by British civil servants, rarely appears in Western literature, much less fiction for teens. Bradbury pens a careful, respectful--but fictionalized--account of the final days before the line between the countries was announced, recounting it in the voices of three teens. Impulsive, spoiled English Margaret may not be entirely likable, but her love for the strange country she finds herself in is wholly believable and makes her the perfect stand-in for the reader; through Margaret, India in this specific time comes to life, and hard questions about British culpability are asked. Much of Margaret's complex relationship with India plays out through her growing friendship with Sikh Anupreet, who has been caught in the violence between Sikhs and Muslims already, and Muslim Tariq, who hopes Margaret's father will be his ticket to Oxford since "[e]veryone listens to the men who have the right education from the right places." Through Tariq's and Anu's voices additional complexities and context are provided. Bradbury's research (detailed in an author's note) infuses but never overwhelms the narrative; the lack of solid resolution for the characters suits a book about a violent and confusing time.
Historical fiction that brings its history to bloody, poignant life: rare and notable."--Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW