Module 14: Karma

In Uncategorized on December 8, 2012 at 6:17 am

Book Summary:  The novel starts on verse recounts the story of Maya or otherwise known as Jiva.  She is a Indo-Canadian that travels with her father to India to distribute her mother’s ashes.  Her mother was always fighting with her father to take her to India.  The book is a flashback as Maya remembers what her mother and father are arguing about.  They were a Romeo-Juliet love story because her mother was Hindu and her father is Sikh.  When they arrive to India the year of 1984 of the assassination of the prime minister Ghandi.  Her father leaves her to meet with a friend but before she helped him cut off his beard.  Maya travels through India trying to get and loses everyone she loves.      

Ostlere, C.  (2011).  Karma.  New York, NY:  Penguin Group.

Impressions:  Students need to grow to love poetry or express their emotions and frustrations.  There are many forms of poems students get distraught because of the grammar and structure of poems.  Learning how to write poems start off with the gratitude to reading it first.  The interpretation of a poem is not forced but thought out.  The element of this novel in short verses has a smooth consistency of the plot.  The structure is in small verses.  The rhythm flows smoothly in every verse and with the plot.  It explains the culture and the relationship between her mother and father.  It is a light verse that is not condense of thoughts and ideas.  The novel is a story about a young girl in India and has metaphors and imagery.

Professional Review:

Morrison, H.  (2011, March).  Karma (review)

[Review of the book Karma, by C.O].

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books 64(7), 341.  Retrieved from http://libproxy.library.unt.edu:2355/journals/bulletin_of_the_center_for_childrens_books/v064/64.7.morrison01.html

“There are many layers in this skillfully crafted novel, and the verse is rich with depth and emotion. The story is steeped in sadness as Maya first loses her mother, then her father, then finally her love, and the carefully selected words in the poems evoke her pain both directly and indirectly. Among other styles, Ostlere uses a two-voice format (one left-aligned, the other right-aligned, interwoven on the page) to great effect, whether the two voices are Maya’s competing thoughts or more literally two voices; particularly notable are the poems detailing Maya’s first impressions of India, wherein there are constantly voices shouting at her, creating a cacophony of the senses. This is a beautiful and breathtaking glimpse into one girl’s tragedy and perseverance, and the achingly stirring images created by its verses will remain with the reader long after its final poem. [End Page 341]”

Library Uses:  The book can be used to teach young adults about poems and short verses.  Different poems and short verses can be explained so they know how to write one.  There can be a contest writing a poem or short verse.  The time can be limited to 30 minutes to write and judging will be held afterwards.  The winner will a receive a novel in short verses and a gift card.


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