Read Padma Venkatraman's posts on the Penguin Blog.Fifteen-year-old Vidya dreams of going to college-- an unusual aspiration for a girl living in British occupied India during World War I. Then tragedy strikes, and Vidya and her brother are forced to move into a traditional household with their extended family, where women are meant to be married, not educated. Breaking the rules, Vidya finds refuge in her grandfather's library. But then her brother does something unthinkable, and Vidya's life becomes a whirlwind of political and personal complications. The question is, will she be strong enough to survive? Watch a Video
It takes about 3 Hours and 36 minutes on average for a reader to read Climbing The Stairs. This is based on the average reading speed of 250 Words per minute.
The recommended reading level for Climbing The Stairs is 7th Grade and Up .
The Lexile score for Climbing The Stairs is 750.
Climbing The Stairs is 272 pages long.
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