A Girl Named Disaster

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Orchard Books, 1996 - Fiction - 309 pages
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Orchard Classics is a collectible hardcover line of Newbery award-winning titles from the Orchard backlist that have fresh, beautiful new designs and include author prefaces and discussion guides.

A GIRL NAMED DISASTER is the humorous and heartwrenching story of young girl who discovers her own courage and strength when she makes the dangerous journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. Nhamo is a Shona girl living in a traditional village in Mozambique in 1981. When her family tries to force her into a marriage with a cruel man, she flees. What was supposed to have been a short boat trip across the border into Zimbabwe, where she hoped to find her father, turns into an adventure filled with challenges and danger that lasts a year.

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User Review  - alexann - LibraryThing

Finally getting around to reading this classic by Nancy Farmer. I was eager because Nancy is such a wonderful writer, and her knowledge of Africa and its customs is extensive. Plus, this book won just ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rebecca. - LibraryThing

This book draws you into the story of Nhamo, a girl who is mistreated by her own family. She runs away after her family arrange a marriage for her to a man many years older than she is. Nancy Farmer explores the culture of Africa, and uses African beliefs and way of life to illustrate the story. Read full review

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About the author (1996)

Nancy Farmer has written three Newbery Honor books: "The Ear, the Eye and the Arm"; "A Girl Named Disaster"; and "The House of the Scorpion", which, in 2002, also won the National Book Award and the Printz Honor. Other books include The Lord of Opium", "The Sea of Trolls", "The Land of the Silver Apples", "The Islands of the Blessed", "Do You Know Me", "The Warm Place", and three picture books for young children. She grew up on the Arizona-Mexico border and now lives with her family in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona.

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