Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson tells the story of how his grandfather taught him to turn darkness into light in this uniquely personal and vibrantly illustrated tale that carries a message of peace. How could he—a Gandhi—be so easy to anger? One thick, hot day, Arun Gandhi travels with his family to Grandfather Gandhi’s village. Silence fills the air—but peace feels far away for young Arun. When an older boy pushes him on the soccer field, his anger fills him in a way that surely a true Gandhi could never imagine. Can Arun ever live up to the Mahatma? Will he ever make his grandfather proud? In this remarkable personal story, Arun Gandhi, with Bethany Hegedus, weaves a stunning portrait of the extraordinary man who taught him to live his life as light. Evan Turk brings the text to breathtaking life with his unique three-dimensional collage paintings.
Arun Gandhi, born in 1934, is the fifth grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi, also known as Mahatma Gandhi. He was a journalist for more than thirty years for the Times of India and has written for The Washington Post. His first of two books for children was Grandfather Gandhi. Currently, Arun serves as president of the Gandhi Worldwide Education Institute and travels the world speaking to governmental leaders, as well as to university and high school students about the practices of peace and nonviolence. He lives in Rochester, New York. Visit him at ArunGandhi.org.
Bethany Hegedus is the award-winning author of Alabama Spitfire: The Story of Harper Lee and To Kill a Mockingbird; Truth with a Capital T; and Between Us Baxters and coauthor along with Arun Gandhi of Grandfather Gandhi and Be the Change. She owns the Writing Barn, a writing workshop and retreat center in Austin, TX. Bethany is a former educator who speaks and teaches across the country. You can find her online at www.bethanyhegedus.com and on Twitter @BethanyHegedus.
Evan Turk is an Ezra Jack Keats Book Award - winning illustrator, author, and animator. He is the author-illustrator of “The Storyteller” and “Heartbeat”; and the illustrator of “Muddy: The Story of Blues Legend Muddy Waters”, which was a New York Times Best Illustrated Children’s Book; “Grandfather Gandhi”; and it’s companion “Be the Change”. His next book “You Are Home: An Ode To the National Parks” will be released in June 2019. Originally from Colorado, Evan now lives in the Hudson River Valley with his husband, Chris, and two cats, Bert and Pica. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and continues his studies as a member of Dalvero Academy. Evan loves to travel all over the world and learn about other people and places through drawing and the interactions that come from it. He speaks to kids and adults across the country and loves talking with them about storytelling and making art.