New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 2007
spoiled twelve-year-old Leela has always lived a priveleged and sheltered
life. But when her fiancé dies, her childhood ends.
Forced to live as a widow, her head is shaved and she is forced to give
up all of her pretty clothes and jewelry. She also has to live indoors
for a year to mourn the boy who was to be her husband, and she will never
be permitted to remarry.
When her teacher hears of what has happened, she comes to Leela's home to tutor her privately. While trapped indoors, Leela learns to observe and to understand her changing world through her own senses, and through reading books and newspapers. She learns that India is a changing country; perhaps her fate can be changed, too. (Rhode Island Teen Book Award nominee, 2010)
Widows -- Fiction.
Child marriage -- Fiction.
Women's rights -- Fiction.
Gandhi, Mahatma, 1869-1948 -- Fiction.
India -- History -- British occupation, 1765-1947 -- Fiction.