visión de conjunto:Críticas Winner of the National Book Award for Young People's Literature 2000 Reseña del editor Discovering that her arranged husband-to-be is too young and desperately ill thirteen-year-old Koly knows that her life will never be the same after she is married and so must find a way to make things better for herself despite the difficulties she must endure due to family traditions in her native India. A National Book Award Winner. Reprint. Contraportada Gloria Whelan's National Book Award–winning novel chronicles the breathtaking story of a remarkable young woman who dares to defy fate. Like many girls her age in India thirteen–year–old Koly faces her arranged marriage with hope and courage. But Koly's story takes a terrible turn when in the wake of the ceremony she discovers she's been horribly misled; her life has been sold for a dowry. In prose both graceful and unflinching this powerful novel relays the story of a rare young woman who even when cast out into a brutal current of time–worn tradition sets out to forge her own remarkable future.Inspired by a newspaper article about the real thirteen–year–old widows in India today this universally acclaimed best–selling novel characterized by spare lyrical language and remarkable detail transports readers into the heart of a gripping tale of hope. Ages 10+ Biografía del autor Gloria Whelan is the bestselling author of many novels for young readers including Homeless Bird winner of the National Book Award; Fruitlands: Louisa May Alcott Made Perfect; Angel on the Square; Burying the Sun; Once on This Island winner of the Great Lakes Book Award; and Return to the Island. She lives in the woods of northern Michigan.