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Climbing the stairs
Padma Venkatraman
Teen Fiction VENKATR

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Summary: In India, in 1941, when her father becomes brain-damaged in a non-violent protest march, fifteen-year-old Vidya and her family are forced to move in with her father's extended family and become accustomed to a totally different way of life.

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main characters Vidya
Age: 15
Proud of her father for joining the freedom fighters, who stand for nonviolent protests against British occupation; distrat after her father is beated close to death at a rally; father can't work, so the family moves in with relatives, who treat them like servants.

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