If the gods wanted Akash to have an education, he is told, they would give him one. But Akash has spent his entire twelve years poor and hungry. So he decides to take control of his own life and try for a scholarship to the city school where he can pursue his beloved math. But will challenging destiny prove to be more than he has bargained for? In this raw and powerful novel, fate and self-determination come together in unexpected ways, offering an unsentimental look at the realities of India
This is a nice little pre-teen story. The little by in the story has a drab existence in a bad region of India. A fast paced story about some of the hardships young people can face. A good book, if you are looking for a break from the mainstream young adult books that are so popular today. A very easy read.
Publisher-Farrar, Straus and Giroux
My Score 3.5 Stars