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by Jason Quinn

illustrated by Naresh Kumar


School Library Journal:

Gr 8 Up— On the night before his assassination, Mohandas Gandhi reflects on his life and his achievements, from a childhood affected by India’s unjust caste system to his early days as a barrister in a segregated South Africa. Using his experiences and knowledge of religions, Gandhi leads the passive Satyagraha movement in India and starts a revolution against British rule. Clashes between demonstrators and police are artistically depicted, and readers will have lots to think about in terms of the overall effectiveness of icon’s actions, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of complete nonviolent resistance. The narrative is comprehensive, touching on most of Gandhi’s long and accomplished life, with quotes seamlessly worked into the text. Quinn also tells an honest story, showing Gandhi’s troubled relationships with his wife Kasturba and his oldest son, Harilal. Nagar’s dark inking and soft-color approach invoke a gentle, watercolor feel and a timeless look. Unique panel variation paired with pictorial action scenes make this an entertaining read, as well as an informative and inspiring one. Extensive back matter includes quotations of the well-known figure. An excellent introduction to an important life.—Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI –Peter Blenski (Reviewed May 1, 2014) (School Library Journal, vol 60, issue 5, p159)


  • YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens: 2015


10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, Biography, Graphic Novel, Teen