Kimball O’Hara is the orphaned son of an Irish soldier whose mother died in poverty. As a street urchin in British India, Kim survives by begging and running small errands for shopkeepers. Through a local horse trader, Kim inadvertently becomes involved with ferrying information for the British secret service. When Kim enters into the service of a holy lama on a path to enlightenment, his travels take him across the length and breadth of India.
“Kim” might be somewhat difficult to read at first, what with the period language and the historical setting, but it’s definitely worth your time. This is the type of adventure that every boy dreams of having, and I can’t think of any place more diverse and challenging than India. Even as an orphan in a country with a billion other people, Kim never seems to lose his nerve. “Kim” is a classic adventure novel that’s well-deserving of a spot on your reading list.