A Girl Named Disaster

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Puffin Books, 1998 - Juvenile Fiction - 309 pages
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Nhamo's mother is dead, and her father is gone. She is a virtual slave in her small African village. Before her twelfth birthday, Nhamo learns that she must marry a cruel man with three other wives and decides desperately to run away. Alone on the river, in a stolen boat, she is swept into the uncharted heart of a great lake. There, she battles drowning, starvation, and wild animals, and comes to know Africa's mystical, luminous spirits. Nancy Farmer's masterful storytelling makes this a truly spellbinding novel and readers will be cheering for Nhamo from beginning to end. A gripping adventure, equally a survival story and a spiritual voyage. Nhamo is a stunning creation while she serves as a fictional ambassador from a foreign culture, she is supremely human. An unforgettable work.

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this book is great i had to read it for a project and it gets me thinking about how it would be like if lots o fgirls that are my age were stranded/ ran away howe life would be like because nhamo misses her family she doesnt no who her father is and i would reccomend this book to ages 10 and up because it tells a true lesson  

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While I appreciated the African culture and details in this book, along with the knowledge of the author's many year personal experience in Africa, I just couldn't hold with this book. The middle ... Read full review

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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 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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