A Moment Comes by Jennifer Bradbury

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Bradbury’s research...infuses but never overwhelms the narrative; the lack of solid resolution for the characters suits a book about a violent and confusing time.
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Before India was divided, three teens, each from wildly different backgrounds, cross paths. And then, in one moment, their futures become irrevocably intertwined.

Tariq. Anupreet. Margaret. As different as their Muslim, Sikh, and British names. But in one moment, their futures become entirely dependent on one another's.

While the rest of India anxiously awaits the upcoming partition that will divide the country into two separate religious states, eighteen-year-old Tariq focuses on his own goal: to study at Oxford. But for a Muslim born and raised in India, there is no obvious path to England—until Tariq is offered a job translating for one of the British cartographers stationed in India, tasked with establishing the new borders.

Margaret, the cartographer’s daughter, has only just arrived in India. But already she has discovered it to be hot, loud, and dull. She can’t go anywhere alone for fear of the riots and violence. Eager for a distraction, she finds one in Tariq.

But it’s Anupreet, another member of the staff, who has truly captured Tariq’s eye. She’s strikingly beautiful—but she’s a Sikh, so not someone Tariq should even be caught looking at. And yet he’s compelled to…

Against the backdrop of the nearly forgotten history of the partition of India, Jennifer Bradbury, as if with strands of silk, weaves together the heart-pounding tale of three teenagers on wildly different paths, on the verge of changing each other’s lives forever.
 

About Jennifer Bradbury

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Jennifer Bradbury’s debut novel, Shift—which Kirkus Reviews gave a starred review, calling it “fresh, absorbing, compelling”—was picked as an ALA and a School Library Journal Best Book for Young Adults and was a YALSA pick and made the Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction for Youth list. It is also on numerous state reading lists. A former English teacher and one-day Jeopardy! champ, she lives with her family in Burlington, Washington.
 
Published June 25, 2013 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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on Apr 03 2013

Bradbury’s research...infuses but never overwhelms the narrative; the lack of solid resolution for the characters suits a book about a violent and confusing time.

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