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Outside In [Read] ➱ Outside In By Jennifer Bradbury – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 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 storyTwelve 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.


10 thoughts on “Outside In

  1. Raina Raina says:

    It s hard to describe what I loved about this book without giving something away I loved reading it fresh, without knowing where it was going to go I liked that Bradbury addressed some of the practicalities of a kid living on the streets I was blown away by view spoiler the fact that the sculpture garden is real hide spoiler Bradbury is a very solid WA based author, and writes stuff for beginning readers all the way up through high YA Loved reading her solid middle grade It s hard to describe what I loved about this book without giving something away I loved reading it fresh, without knowing where it was going to go I liked that Bradbury addressed some of the practicalities of a kid living on the streets I was blown away by view spoiler the fact that the sculpture garden is real hide spoiler Bradbury is a very solid WA based author, and writes stuff for beginning readers all the way up through high YA Loved reading her solid middle grade


  2. Mary Lee Mary Lee says:

    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 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 Dussehra through Diwali and woven throughout with traditional stories, the reader learns much about Indian history while also learning how a street urchin survives, the bullies who torture him similar to the Senegalese Danka Boys in One Shadow on the Wall , and the importance of art and family


  3. Sarah Sammis Sarah Sammis says:

    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 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


  4. Ms. Yingling Ms. Yingling says:

    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 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 that the artist, Nek Chand, is taking garbage that he finds in his travels and at work, and creating an entire Rock Garden The land is not his, but when Nek was sent away from his home during the Partition, he was so homesick that he started creating the art Nek lives far from his wife and son so that he can work and send them money Ram offers to help out in order to earn back the money that Nek found but used to buy a train ticket, and while he is working he learns some stories about Hindu religious figures that everyone seems to know, but which no one has ever told him Nek doesn t want Ram to tell anyone about him, and Ram secretly hopes that he can stay and help Nek with the art work and have a place of his own for once With the help of Daya s father who is working with a local arts council, life becomes a little easier for both Nek and Ram Strengths This is sort of an Indian take on The Seventh Most Important Thing The descriptions of how Ram and Nek have to live are very interesting, and the story touches briefly on the Partition I love Bradbury s Wrapped, A Moment Comes, and Shift, and think that Bradbury uses her time spent in India to great effect in her work Working in the various religious stories is interesting as well.Weaknesses Perhaps I missed it, but I wasn t sure exactly when this book took place I was imagining the early 1950s, but according to Chand s biography, it probably takes place in the early 1960s What I really think This might take some hand selling to get children to read it, but I am definitely purchasing a copy Readers who like art, children on their own, religions around the world or stories about India will enjoy this well paced, detail rich story


  5. Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book* says:

    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 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 with his own heritage by relating an epic Indian myth to Ram as they work together While this book probably won t get much attention, it is not for lack of skill on Bradbury s part Any middle school or elementary librarian working to build a collection of international stories needs to add this title And share the book and this website about Nek Chand s creations with any geography teacher for a great lesson While I am pretty sure that Bradbury is not Indian, she seems to have done meticulous research into her subject and culture.EL, MS ADVISABLE Cindy, Library Teachehttps kissthebook.blogspot.com 2017


  6. Holly Underwood Holly Underwood says:

    I randomly picked up this book of an end cap at the library In a way, the author s dedication To all those who make because they must means she dedicated it to me, as I totally feel that way The story takes place in India, showing a slice of life utterly foreign to me It felt very authentic and rich, with well developed characters and an intriguing weaving of two stories in one For the first time in a long time, I found myself thinking that I need to read this again in a while, to savor it I randomly picked up this book of an end cap at the library In a way, the author s dedication To all those who make because they must means she dedicated it to me, as I totally feel that way The story takes place in India, showing a slice of life utterly foreign to me It felt very authentic and rich, with well developed characters and an intriguing weaving of two stories in one For the first time in a long time, I found myself thinking that I need to read this again in a while, to savor its richness and seeof its beauty


  7. Mark Richards Mark Richards says:

    A beautiful story mixing Indian mythology with real life, this historical fiction title is beautiful Ram lives on the streets of a bustling Indian city He is savvy and has befriended the right people to help him get by When he stumbles upon a secret sculpture garden his world is transformed as he learns about the past, his present, and a future he never thought possible An excellent choice to build cultural awareness in your middle grade reader.


  8. Lindy MacLaine Lindy MacLaine says:

    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


  9. Amanda Moore Amanda Moore says:

    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 evenbecause I knew it was based on an actual artist in Chandigarh.


  10. Amy M. Mize Amy M. Mize says:

    I read this one because it came up on a reading list for Kelson s school I don t think it s right for Kelson right now And I don t know much about middle grades books, but I enjoyed the way this story went between the street boy Ram s story and the story of Rama.


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