Ruskin bond is the most favorite author of children books. Rusty series was a great success and was highly appreciated. Room on the Roof is the excellent book for all but for young people specially. The first book in the Rusty series was Rusty: The Boy from Hills and that was a huge success and then followed the other novels in the series. Both “Room on the Roof / Vagrants in the Valley “books are semi-autobiographical and offer a very good glimpse into the "real India". In this novel, Rusty is sixteen years old. At some points, the story lacks the level of maturity, but yet the book is able to grab your attention due to the potential wonder and freshness. Rusty leaves a hostile and suffocating environment with his English guardian to explore the world beyond the protestant community in which he was brought up. He becomes a vagrant, but he discovers the real meaning of freedom as well. He friendships with many street children. Then he finds a job as a English Teacher, falls in love with an elder woman. That woman gives him the best gift a room on on their house’s roof. I would recommend to read both the books together as Vagrants in the Valley is the sequel to Room on the Roof.
This novel takes the reader on a journey of rural India through the eyes of a 16-year old boy. I love Ruskin Bond for all the books he wrote.