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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The community believe Maya is a witch that will bring much harm to them. She starts out as an average teenage girl. Mostly, this is a story of a canadian immigrant girl who comes back to India and her bond with a boy name Sotlere. She doesn’t quite fit in anywhere. With no time to think, Maya cuts off her hair and disguises herself as a boy, running to the train station ostlerre try to find her father.

Ostlere’s ‘Karma’ is a once-in-a-lifetime book

Maya and Sandeep invite the reader to look inside their diaries where they reveal an intimate world of secrets, confessions and longings, and where poetry is a fire. This initiative of the Ontario Library Association OLA offers eight reading programs to encourage a love of reading in people of all ages. In my opinion this book is a good book for others to read if they enjoy reading poetry like stories like Karma, I enjoyed reading this book and learning the story that young people had to say about their different points of the story.

KARMA ‘s story of two teenagers who fall in love while fighting to stay alive is a moving and turbulent narrative based on real historical events.

Feb 20, Me rated it really liked it Shelves: Sep 01, Cindy rated it really liked it Shelves: This book shows that they’re exactly the same as us. In both a historical and personal context, this book touches on so much of the beauty and heartbreak of India. The turmoil between these two religious groups Karma is defined as action, seen as bringing upon oneself inevitable results, good or bad, either in this life or in reincarnation.


It is clear that Cathy Ostlere has spent in India, and the way that she captures her experiences through her characters is very real. For once you’ve dipped your toes in its first few lines, you’ll want to swim and drown in it and never come back again. Cathy Ostlere ostoere crafted one of the best books written for teens this year.

But, regardless, the historical backdrop proved to be one of the best aspects of the novel. Published March 31st by Razorbill first published March 1st Maya is an Indian-Canadian teenage girl. And how can one ever be certain? Maya has lived in Canada with odtlere Indian parents all her life. Writing the book has been an exciting journey.

It is in this way that the reader gets a real sense of the time and the place. Though confusing with countless flashblacks and time lapses, Karma is a book that will weave you through a journey that moves and ostlege with emotion and philosophy. The outbursts of feeling.

In Septembera family waits for an overseas call that never comes. Thus, after having been born and raised in India, the two sought refuge in Canada where they did not fit in either.

I spent some time wondering who Fiva was until I remembered the same thing happened to me the first time I read Karma as well. When he goes out to find help and doesn’t return, Maya is left to fend for herself. Laughter ripples like cthy. Anyway, I ostleere be more pleased with the space you gave to Karma particularly showing how the poems cover the page. When Maya and her father do find each other, he ostlerr less than thrilled she has fallen in love with a Hindu, except Maya is not the meek girl she was before their trip and is now willing to challenge him on his beliefs.

On page Maya says, “Too dark to be Canadian. There is so much life here. To escape her loneliness and increasing depression Leela plays piano for hours on end. The background controversy in this story is significant fathy it’s also an internal conflict raging inside Maya. Feb 22, Arthur Pengerbil rated it it was amazing. Learn more about how we support creative nonfiction writers here.


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Racism isn’t always hatred. View all 3 comments. It hit all the right spots even before I had read the award-winning book.

Asked often why the novel is written in free verse, she eloquently replies: Then They can withstand anything. Apr 26, Marilyn B rated it it was amazing Shelves: It isand fifteen-year-old Maya is on her way to India with her father. Feb 02, Librarysteph rated it it was amazing.

KARMA — a novel-in-verse

Here is a beautiful film that I worked on with the uber-talented filmmaker Michal Lavi. He’s is funny and charming. As a Ostlede whose ancestry is that of one of the founding countries of Canada French I felt it was very realistic how an Indian immigrant might feel completely isolated upon coming to Canada.

If I was Maya in this book, I think that it would be difficult to understand how each culture is and how their way of life is but it would also be difficult to deal with the loss of somebody you love like Maya did in this karmw because she lost her father later o The book that I read was Karma, it is written by Cathy Ostlere. Even though it is in verse, the novel is still over pages long and could have easily been shortened.

The other POV, Sandeep, had no flowery poetry. Her parents love each other but cannot escape their difference in beliefs. This novel illustrates the difficulties of immigration from the perspective of a first generation Canadian.