The novel Chloe in India is written by Kate Darnton. It is published on January 12, 2016. Chloe is a fifth-grade student and wishes to fit in a school. It seemed unbearable for her. Her blue eyes and blonde hair made her classmates and school mark her as an outsider in a new school where she enrolled in New Delhi. Anna is the older sister of Chloe. She did not find any difficulty in adjusting to the new school. She was welcome in the new school. It was only Chloe finding hard to get accustomed. Moreover, Anna did not worry or feel when the entire family shifted from Boston. Chloe always felt like a fish in a new pond. She was visiting India for the first time, and she could not imagine starting her routine or basic life in India.
Lakshmi is a new girl joined along with Chloe in her class. At that moment, Chloe found that every new girl entering the class even belonging to India is treated as an outsider. Lakshmi comes from a lower middle-class family, and she does not own expensive or costly items like other students had in their class. Chloe and Lakshmi started to have a good understanding with each other, and they developed a strong bond outside the class. Chloe found helpless as she should not take next step or help her new friend – Lakshmi at school. Some popular girls in the class tried to stop or threaten Lakshmi’s ambition. Chloe was in a position to support where truth and loyalties are.
The writer has explained her experiences and challenges when she was joined in a school for pursuing middle-grade level. She studies in the New Delhi school for about five years and provides lots of personal information about how it feels for an American family to get settled in India.
Chloe in India is an excellent novel dedicated to children. It provides plenty of details regarding cultural insights, discrimination, privilege, and class. It helps the readers to get a chance to know about these facts in detail. The voice of the writer is genuine, and the outlook is realistic and likable. Her opinions about identity and friendship will match well with several readers. On the whole, it is a good friendship novel. It is worth reading more than once or twice. It helps in gaining insights into the Indian culture and tradition.