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I liked the story, but it didn't take me long to suspect the author was not from Africa. I checked, and she's not, though she did live there for years. There are certain values she espouses that read as Western to me, not African. It didn't hold up well in comparison to many of the books set in Africa that are actually written by people who grew up there.
It was a really nice book, and I enjoyed it a lot! it was kind of confusing at some points, though. I recommend it for ages 12 and up :) enjoy reading it .
At first, I wasn't sure I was going to read this book. In fact, I was prepared to return it. But, I decided to give it a shot, and was glad I did, as you can tell by my rating. This book was very interesting, and for 11 years old, this was a strong and smart young lady. I'm glad things turned out a little better for her in the end.
I love this book so much. Its just that i found it kind of boring after like 7 chapters, and then later on i started to pick it up again. So for me it was boring...then BAM! it was interresting again >:)
A Girl Named Disaster
Orphan Nhamo flees her traditional village in Mozambique to find the father she has never met after tragedy and family secrets lead to her to be sold as a bride to a hostile stranger. What starts as a short canoe trip to Zimbabwe, turns into a long and treacherous journey. Along the way Nhamo is visited by ancient spirits and guided through peril by her own strength of will and the companionship and advice of her ancestors.
Author Nancy Farmer skillfully and respectfully weaves traditional beliefs and folktales into this gripping and expertly developed story. Part adventure, part spiritual journey, Nhamo's tale of survival will engage any reader looking to delve into a rich culture, and experience a compelling voyage. Grades 6+