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Issue of Child Marriage Gathers interest with new Teen Novel

As we approach launch day for Shanti Fights for Her Rights by Marcia E Barss, on February 21st, interest is growing in learning more about the ongoing illegal practice of child marriage in rural India.

The story is told from the perspective of fourteen-year-old Shanti, who lives in a village in Eastern India where her parents work in a rice field. She attends school 40 km away. When Shanti's mother gives birth to another daughter, her father says she will stay home to help care for her sister and prepare to marry soon. 

The author spent her childhood in India and recently returned to visit people she knew and places she had lived. She stayed with friends at Bridge of Hope that works with girls determined to get an education, despite the immense challenges. This inspired the book, which tells a fact-based, fictionalized story from personal experience, interviews, and in-depth research. 

Learn more about the author at and order your copy of Shanti Fights for Her Rights at

Thank you to reviewers and interviewers who have joined our virtual book tour.  Follow the coverage of Shanti Fights for Her Rights by Marcia E. Barss:

Writers Federation of Nova Scotia newletter, announcement, January 17

The Chronicle Herald Book Shelf by Allison Lawlor, book review - February 4

The Author Journey, author interview - February 21

Dartmouth Book Exchange, author spotlight - February 21-27

Rae's Reading Lounge, book review - April 4

Atlantic Books Today, book review by Abena Green - date TBD

Midwest Book Review - date TBD

Miramichi Reader, book review by Holli Corbett - date TBD

Review Tales, book review - date TBD

We will update with new links as the posts go live and add new reviewers and interviewers as they join in. Visit for more information on our authors and our hybrid publishing model. 


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