Small mercies

"Mercy lives in modern-day Pietermaritzburg, South Africa with her eccentric foster aunts . . . Mercy tries to keep her head down at school so nobody notices her. But when a classmate frames her for stealing the school's raffle money, Mercy's teachers decide to take a closer look at her home life. Along comes Mr. Singh, who rents the back cottage of the house on Hodson Road. When he takes Mercy to visit a statue in the middle of the city, she learns that the shy, nervous 'Mohandas' he tells stories about is actually Gandhi, who spent a cold and lonely night in the waiting room of the Pietermaritzburg train station over a hundred years ago . . . the visit to his statue marks Mercy's realization that she needs--just like Gandhi--to stand up for herself"--Provided by publisher.



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