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A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2016 A complex and tightly woven spy story lies at the heart of Rudyard Kipling’s classic adventure story set in India at the end of the eighteenth century. Kim, or Kimball O’Hara to know him by his full name, an English orphan living on the city streets, ekes out a living by being a useful messenger for all and a cunning spy. Picked out by a Tibetan Lama, Kim sets out on a great journey to find Enlightenment and finds himself caught up in the Great Game, the struggle between Britain and Russia to control Asia. Kim has to come to terms with where he belongs and make hard choices of loyalty. Rudyard Kipling’s creative language, so much loved in The Just-So Stories and The Jungle Book, makes Kim’s experiences in the India of the time vivid. Perfect for reading aloud. ~ Julia Eccleshare
Julia Eccleshare's Picks of the Month for October 2016
Kim by Rudyard Kipling
The Fox and the Ghost King by Michael Morpurgo
Coming to England by Floella Benjamin
Owl Bat Bat Owl by Marie Louise Fitzpatrick
We Found a Hat by Jon Klassen
The Christmasaurus by Tom Fletcher
The War Next Door by Phil Earle
In a vividly drawn India of the late 19th century, orphan Kimball O'Hara is on the cusp of manhood. Living as a beggar, it isn't until Kim befriends an aged Tibetan Lama that his life transforms: the old man is on a quest to find the legendary River of the Arrow and achieve Enlightenment, and together they embark on an adventure through this impoverished, beautiful, chaotic nation in the grip of the Great Game, the conflict during which the British and Russian Empires raced to control Central Asia. But when Kim becomes a pawn in the Game, he must face the most difficult choice of all: his companion or his country?
|Publication date:||22nd September 2016|
|Publisher:||Macmillan Children's Books an imprint of Pan Macmillan|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Genres:||Adventure Stories, Historical Fiction|
|Recommendations:||Julia Eccleshare's Picks, eBooks|
|Other Categories:||Classics, The Jungle Book|
Rudyard Kipling was born in Bombay in 1865. He was educated in England but returned to India as an adult and worked as a journalist. There, he produced stories, sketches and poems that made him a literary celebrity when he returned to England in 1888. After their marriage, Kipling and his wife moved to Vermont, where he wrote The Jungle Book. Published in 1894, it became a children's classic all over the world. Tales of every kind, including historical and science fiction, continued to flow from his pen, including Kim (1901) and the Just So Stories (1902). From 1902 Kipling made his home in Sussex, but ...More About Rudyard Kipling
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