KARMA — a novel-in-verse

On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Ministerís death. It is into this chaos that fifteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. Indiaís political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and enduring personal loss, learns forgiveness, acceptance and love.

Published by PENGUIN

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Spring 2013!

KARMA published in India

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Spring 2012!

KARMA wins at the Alberta Literary Awards


I was delighted to accept the award for the R. Ross Annett Children’s Award on June 9th at the annual Writer’s Guild of Alberta Gala. It was a very classy affair. As Bob Stallworthy said when he looked around, “We writers clean up good.”

Read the full list of awards here: Writer’s Guild of Alberta as well as a nice congrat from Can Lit for Little Canadians

Photos from India

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More about KARMA:

What I learned from writing Karma

The real history of the 1984 riots in Delhi

The genesis of Karma

My travels through India in 1984

Why the story of Karma is told in verse

How the character of Maya originated

Where will you take Karma?


Blogs & Resources

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KARMA in paperback

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Librarians’ Choices

“It is difficult to create consistent page-turns and maintain interest for 500+ pages, yet Ostlere does just this as the reader is transported into Maya and Sandeepís world.”
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Chilliwack Middle School

“Ms. Cosens stayed up until 2:30 in the morning on a school night, trying to finish this book! She describes it as ‘absolutely beautiful.’”

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Zara Alexis — The Bibliotaphe’s Closet

“Young readers, add this book to your collection. The cover design is as pretty as its language and as romantic as its sonatas and diary-form poems.”
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“…A fascinating, epic page-turner.”
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VOYA Magazine

“…Ostlere does a terrific job of transporting the reader to India, recreating this turbulent time in its history, and adding to the mystic of this country…”
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