Recommended for Readers in Grades 8 or 9 and up
The message in this book is fairly simple, and the vocabulary is a good fit for fourth and fifth graders, but some of the mature content is a miss for that age group. The author lives in India and the book offers a window to some of its traditions and culture for Western readers. It is somewhat similar to Boys Without Names by Kashmira Sheth, although that one had a more satisfying ending. Books about characters with strong math skills and perseverance are to be encouraged, but the story is more disappointing than uplifting.
Note for advanced readers: some mature content
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