The Year of My Indian Prince by Ella Thorp Ellis

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It’s the summer of 1945, and April is delighted that the war is finally over and her beloved father is home again. But she has a nagging cough and a fever, and she just can’t seem to get better. When she’s diagnosed with tuberculosis she’s in shock–all she knows about TB is that characters in novels die of it. Soon her world has changed from school and swim meets to long days of complete bed rest in a TB hospital. There she meets her roommate, the beautiful and desperately ill Nancie. There she also meets Ravi, the handsome Indian prince who begins courting her under the guise of a “literary friendship.” They share some wonderful times, but April is slowly getting sicker. There is one way out, but it is radical surgery that will leave her scarred–if she lives through it. What should she do?

This vivid depiction of romance, tragedy, and courage is based on the actual experiences of the author, who spent three years in the hospital, was courted by an Indian prince, and lost dear friends to tuberculosis.

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Ella Thorp Ellis is the author of eight novels for young readers.
Published June 12, 2001 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 212 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Occasionally, there are glimpses behind the rosy hue that colors the narrative, such as a dinner with Ravi and his father that ends abruptly, a few references to a mother in a psychiatric hospital for her depression, and a sneaky visit to a crematorium where April is shut into the cold furnace.

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April, for example, comments that Ravi's photo shows "full face, brown eyes looking straight into my heart," and his conversation includes lines like, "My beautiful April, our days together here enthrall me so I do not choose to remember my past."

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