'I will not yield. . .'
Lakshmibai, the widowed queen of Jhansi, is determined to protect her son's right to his father's throne and safeguard the welfare of her kingdom. Faced with machinations to take over Jhansi, at a time when all of India is rising up against the British, she has to prove her valour and sagacity time and again. But will this be enough to save all that she values?
In this gripping novel, award-winning historical novelist Devika Rangachari brings to vivid life the interior life of this nineteenth-century queen, thrust into a position she does not desire but must assume, and of her son, who is cowed by the challenges he has to face but determined to live up to his mother's courage.
Devika Rangachari is a prolific children’s author. Her books include ‘When Amma Went Away’, ‘The Wit of Tenali Raman’ and ‘Queen of Ice’. In 2002, Growing Up (Children’s Book Trust, 2000) was on the Honour List of the International Board of Books for Young People (IBBY).
Her contribution: A Hundred Cartloads