Outside In

Outside In A twelve year old boy living on the streets of Chandigarh India stumbles across a secret garden full of sculptures and sees the possibility of another way of life as he bonds with the man who create
  • Title: Outside In
  • Author: Jennifer Bradbury
  • ISBN: 9781442468276
  • Page: 104
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Outside In
    A twelve year old boy living on the streets of Chandigarh, India, stumbles across a secret garden full of sculptures and sees the possibility of another way of life as he bonds with the man who created them in this searingly beautiful novel based on a true story.Twelve year old Ram is a street boy living behind a sign on a building s rooftop, barely scraping by, winning gaA twelve year old boy living on the streets of Chandigarh, India, stumbles across a secret garden full of sculptures and sees the possibility of another way of life as he bonds with the man who created them in this searingly beautiful novel based on a true story.Twelve year old Ram is a street boy living behind a sign on a building s rooftop, barely scraping by, winning games of gilli for money, occasionally given morsels of food through the kindness of Mr Singh, a professor and father of his friend Daya.But his prowess at gilli is what gets him into big trouble One day, when he wins against some schoolboys fair and square, the boys are infuriated As they chase Ram across town, he flings his small sack of money over a factory gate where no one can get it, and disappears into the alleyways But someone does get the money, Ram discovers when he sneaks back later on to rescue what is his a strange ish man on a bike who also seems to be collecting rocks Ram follows the man into the jungle, where he finds something unlike anything he s seen statues, hundreds of statues no, thousands of them Gods and goddesses and buildings, all at half scale What is this place And the rock collecting man, Nek, has built them all When Nek discovers that Ram has followed him, he has no choice but to let the boy stay and earn back the money Nek has spent How else can he keep him quiet For his creations lie on land that isn t technically his to build on.As Ram and Nek hesitantly become friends, Ram learns the true nature of this hidden village in the jungle, as well as the stories of Shiva and Lord Rama, stories of gods and goddesses that in strange ways seem to parallel Ram s and Nek s.Based on the true story of one of India s most beloved artists and modern day folk heroes, Nek Chand was a real man a man displaced from his home in the midst of war and conflict a man who missed his home so terribly he illegally reconstructed his entire village in miniature out of found objects and rock, recreating mosaic statues and sculptures spanning acres of jungle Though Ram is a fictionalized character, Nek s artwork is real Intertwined with mythology and the sociopolitics of India, this is an exquisitely wrought, unexpected, and singular tale about the connection of community and how art can help make us human.
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  • Jennifer Bradbury

    Jennifer Bradbury is an English teacher living in Burlington, Washington She and her husband took a two month long bicycling trek from Charleston, South Carolina, to Los Angeles, California for their honeymoon, changing than fifty flat tires along the way She was also a one day winner of Jeopardy Shift is her first novel.

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  • Prepare to be transported to India and live alongside an orphaned boy, learning the stories of how the princes Rama who marries Sita and Lakshmana endure fourteen years of exile and defeat the evil Ravana with the help of the monkey army.Ram, the orphan, discovers amazing statues made of repurposed junk hidden in the forest at the edge of Chandigarh and comes to know and help Nek, the artist a real artist who really did make such statues.Structured around the timing of the festival season Dusseh [...]


  • Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury is historical fiction about the Chandahar sculptor, Nek Chand It s told from the point of view of a street boy, Ram, and was inspired by the author s time as an English teacher pussreboots blog 2017 comm


  • Copy graciously provided by publisher at my request In the up and coming city of Chandigarh, India, Ram does his best to keep himself alive on the streets He managed to earn enough money challenging children to games of gilli, and he has a friend, Daya, whose father keeps an eye on him and sends him food sometimes When all of his winnings accidentally end up in the bike basket of a factory worker, Ram follows the man out into the country, and sees the artwork the man is creating It turns out tha [...]


  • Bradbury, Jennifer Outside In, 270 pages Atheneum Simon , 2017 17 Content G some bullying Ram ekes out a life on the streets of Chandigarh, usually avoiding the bullies and finding just enough food to survive While fleeing one day, he sees a man carting junk into the forest When Ram sees the fantastical sculptures the man Nek, is forming from what he sees as junk, he feels the need to protect the site and the man Especially from the encroaching city buildings Along the way Nek helps Ram connect [...]


  • I really loved this book Inspired by the author s year teaching in Chandigarh, India, the true story of Nek Chand, one of India s most beloved artists and folk heroes, and the epic Ramayana it s fiction that reads like real life Jennifer Bradbury brilliantly uses pieces of the Ramayana to inspire and parallel our young hero, Ram s journey It s a coming of age tale celebrating creativity, connection Liked it so much I reviewed it on my children s book blog


  • Full disclosure the author is a dear friend from college Personal connection aside, I really enjoyed this middle grades novel and couldn t put it down I really liked the summarized Ramayana interspersed with the story and the use of background illustration to distinguish the two parts I think I liked the story even because I knew it was based on an actual artist in Chandigarh.



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