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A Girl Named Disaster

Farmer, Nancy

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
A Girl Named Disaster
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While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.

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Publisher: New York : Scholastic, 2011, c1996
ISBN: 0545356628
9780545356626
Branch Call Number: y FARMER 2011
Characteristics: 309 p. :,maps ;,20 cm

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Rather than marry a brutal
man picked out for her, 11 year old Nhamo runs away.
How will she survive until she reaches the safety of her father's family in Zimbabwe?

While fleeing from Mozambique to Zimbabwe to escape an unwanted marriage, Nhamo, an eleven-year-old Shona girl, struggles to avoid drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits. gr. 6-9


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Mar 20, 2014
  • Gammaof2 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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+

Feb 27, 2010
  • Anthonia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best book I read when I was in grade 5!! Absolutely loved it <3

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