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Author : Jennifer Bradbury Pages : 304 pages Publisher : Atheneum/C aitlyn Dlouhy Books Language : ISBN-10 : 1442468289 ISBN-13 : 9781442468 283

Outside In “A co mp assi ona te stor y of ho mel ess nes s and frie nds hip, rec ycle


d art and co mm unit y.� —Ki rku s Rev iew sA twe lveyea rold boy livi ng on the stre ets of Cha ndi gar h, Indi a, stu mbl es acr oss a sec ret gar den


full of scul ptu res and see s the pos sibil ity of ano the r wa y of life as he bon ds wit h the ma n wh o is cre atin g the gar den in this sea ring ly bea


utif ul nov el— bas ed on a tru e stor y.T wel veyea rold Ra m is a stre et boy livi ng beh ind a sig n on a buil din g’s roof top, bar ely scr api ng


by, win nin g ga me s of gilli for mo ney , occ asi ona lly giv en mo rsel s of foo d thr oug h the kin dne ss of Mr. Sin gh, a pro fess or and fath er of


his frie nd Day a.B ut his pro wes s at gilli (an out doo r ga me sim ilar to cric ket ) is wh at get s him into big tro ubl e. On e day , wh en he win s


aga inst so me sch ool boy s fair and squ are, the boy s are infu riat ed. As the y cha se Ra m acr oss tow n, he flin gs his sm all sac k of mo ney ove ra


fact ory gat e wh ere no one can get it, and dis app ear s into the alle yw ays . But so me one doe s get the mo ney , Ra m disc ove rs wh en he sne


aks bac k late r on to res cue wh at is his —a stra nge -ish ma n on a bik e wh o als o see ms to be coll ecti ng ‌ro cks ? Ra m foll ows the


ma n into the jun gle, wh ere he find s so met hin g unli ke any thin g he’ s see n— stat ues , hun dre ds of stat ues …n o, tho usa nds of the m! Go


ds and god des ses and buil din gs, all at half scal e. Wh at is this pla ce? It see ms tha t the roc k coll ecti ng ma n, Nek , has buil t the m all! Wh


en Nek disc ove rs tha t Ra m has foll ow ed him , he has no cho ice but to let the boy sta y and ear n bac k the mo ney Nek has alre ady spe nt. Ho w


else can he kee p him qui et? For his cre atio ns lie on lan d tha t isn’ t tec hni call y his to buil d on. As Ra m and Nek hes itan tly bec om e frie


nds , Ra m lear ns the tru e nat ure of this hid den vill age in the jun gle, as well as the stor ies of Shi va and Lor d Ra ma, stor ies of god s and god


des ses tha t in stra nge wa ys see m to par alle l Ra m’s …a nd Nek ’s.B ase d on the tru e stor y of one of Indi a’s mo st bel ove d arti sts and mo der


n day folk her oes , Nek Cha nd was a real ma n— a ma n dis pla ced fro m his ho me in the mid st of war and con flict ;a ma n wh o mis sed his


ho me so terr ibly he ille gall y rec ons truc ted his enti re vill age in min iatu re out of fou nd obj ect s and roc k, recr eati ng mo saic stat ues and scul ptu


res spa nni ng acr es of jun gle. Tho ugh Ra m is a ficti ona lize d cha ract er, Nek ’s art wor k is real . Int ert win ed wit h myt hol ogy and the soci opo litic


s of Indi a, this is an exq uisi tely wro ugh t, une xpe cte d, and sin gul ar tale abo ut the con nec tion of co mm unit y and ho w art can hel p ma ke us


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