The Year of a Thousand Colors
Paperback, 329 Pages
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I wrote this book when I was 14 and lived for a year in the craziest city of India. The year that I spent in India was a rainbow. It was made up of thousands of different colors; different cultures, languages and customs than I had ever witnessed. Those months included 100s of different shades, from contrasting lifestyles, to skin colors to personalities. I was 1 girl in a palette of boys; I was 1 American in a palette of Indians. But, what made it the most magical year of my life was the paint brush that blended us all together. It made the colors bleed and blend to create one masterpiece. Sure, you could pick out and compare one color to another, but as a whole, the painting was captivating, and it made sure that your mind didn't wander to the insignificant details of race, culture, customs and class. I have created a rainbow of a book; a collaboration of different writing styles, combined to tell my stories. I hope that in reading about someone else's journey to self discovery, you... More > find yourself as well.< Less
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Oct 11, 2009"An Amazing Book" The Year of a Thousand Colors, by Lena Sclove, takes you on an unforgettable journey through India, through spiritual growth, and perhaps most importantly, through the trials and tribulations of being a young teen in America and India. Early in the book, the author's notes state that "While it is someone else's story, don't separate it too much from your own story." I found it impossible to separate Sclove's story from my own story, and was instantly transported from my current age of 62, right back to being 14 and all of the emotions from that time came flooding right back to me. It's rare to have a young woman who is so willing to share the trials and tribulations of being 14, while she is going through the experience, but I'm glad that she did. This book should be required reading for middle school students, their parents, and for middle school teachers who deal with this vulnerable population of students every day. Sclove helps us to... More > remember that being a 14-year old girl brings with it a special set of challenges. She also helps us to see that the shallowness that sometimes seems to characterize this age group, often is accompanied by deeper thoughts and more important issues than meet the eye. I'm impressed that anyone, let alone a 14 year old, was able to pull off this multifaceted book which describes Sclove's travels in India, tells us a bit about her uneven educational experience both here in the U.S. and in India, helps us to get acquainted with Indian culture, and invites us along on her spiritual journey and the conflicts she faces when romance challenges her own spiritual growth. The book also demonstrates the important role that parents can play in shaping their children's character. There are so many themes and levels to this book, which is what makes the book come to life and become so much more than a travelogue. I highly recommend this book, which I think will appeal to teens and adults alike. I predict we'll be hearing more about Lena Sclove in the years to come, and I, for one, can't wait to see what she does in the future.< Less
Aug 30, 2009"fresh, inspiring coming-of-age story" The Year of a Thousand Colors is an honest, exuberant, true story of a teen who is discovering what really matters in a complex world. Lena Sclove feels deeply, cares deeply, thinks deeply. She has learned some very important lessons at an early age and is able to convey her journey with wit and grace in an easy-to-read style. Especially inspiring for parents and teens (and others no doubt), this book is a beautiful coming-of-age story about a young woman who is becoming a responsible citizen of the world.
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- Lena Sclove (Standard Copyright License)
- First Edition
- Lena Sclove
- May 9, 2009
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 1.22 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 6 wide x 9 tall
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