Darkness Everywhere

The Assassination of Mohandas Gandhi

  • Interest Level: Grade 6 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 7

On January 30, 1948, Mohandas Gandhi, the world’s most revered champion of nonviolent civil disobedience, was murdered in cold blood by a man he’d never met. Gandhi was legendary—in his native India and around the globe—as the Mahatma, a “great soul.” So why did Nathuram Godse, an ardent Hindu nationalist, murder him?

Darkness Everywhere traces the remarkable journey of one of the twentieth century’s most unconventional warriors—and his assassins—to their fateful encounter in Delhi. This is a story of Gandhi’s great achievements, the enemies who brought him down, and the legacy that continues to inspire the fight for freedom and justice around the world.

Format Your Price Add
Interest Level Grade 6 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 7
Genre Social Studies, Young Adult
Category Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diverse Books: Social Class, Diverse Books: Social Justice, Diversity
Copyright 2014
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Twenty-First Century Books ™
Language English
Number of Pages 80
Publication Date 2013-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 8.5
BISACS YAN052040, YAN025030, YAN006120
Dewey 954.03'5092
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 1000
Features Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Reviewed, Sidebars, Source notes, and Timeline


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 2014


Kirkus Reviews

“Though brief, this informative and insightful overview of Gandhi’s life, assassination and legacy is a solid introduction to the subject.” —Kirkus Reviews


“Though remarkably dense in facts, it is an engaging story and high-interest read” —Booklist

Author: Matt Doeden

Matt Doeden began his career as a sports writer. Since then, he's spent more than a decade writing and editing children's nonfiction. Matt lives in Minnesota with his family.