A Girl Named Disaster (Paperback)
|Author: Nancy Farmer|
|Eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn''t quite fit in. Featuring brand-new cover art and bonus materials, this Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Farmer is being reissued.|
From the Publisher:
This Newbery Honor book by award-winning, bestselling author Nancy Farmer is being reissued in paperback!
Eleven-year-old Nhamo lives in a traditional village in Mozambique, where she doesn't quite fit in. When her family tries to force her into marrying a cruel man, she runs away to Zimbabwe, hoping to find the father she's never met. But what should have been a short boat trip across the border turns into a dangerous year-long adventure, and Nhamo must summon her innermost courage to ensure her survival.
This story of adventure, survival, inner strength, and family heritage introduces readers to life among the Shona people of Africa. Although Nhamo is only 11 years old, she's already had a very difficult life. Nhamo's father abandoned her when she was a baby, and later, her mother was killed by a leopard. Since that time, Nhamo has lived with her stern but loving grandmother, Ambuya, and the family of her bitter aunt Chipo. When Nhamo discovers that she is going to be forced to marry a cruel man who already has three wives, she and her grandmother enact a daring plan that will help Nhamo escape her fate, but will also take her away from the only family, and home, she has ever known. As Nhamo makes a dangerous solo boat journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe (where she hopes to be reunited with her father), she faces many dangers, but her Shona beliefs, and the spirits of her ancestors and friends help her find a way to survive. This thoroughly researched 1997 Newbery Honor Book features backmatter that explains the cultures and beliefs of the Shona people as well as the history and peoples of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
"...Farmer does an excellent job of showing how belief in the spirit world permeates Nhamo's existence. Her writing offers outsiders a window onto a complex culture, nestled within a wider, complex society." - Christine Heppermann November/December 1996 Washington Post Book World
"This is a richly atmospheric novel that moves effortlessly from the depiction of domestic life to the grandeur of the African landscape. It vividly portrays the intricate set of relationships that form a family and a village; Nhamo's relationship with her independent, outspoken grandmother is especially moving." - Linda Barrett Osborne 05/04/1997 Voya
"The book is an excellent example of young adult fiction which draws the teenager into the story to learn about other cultures." - Norma A. Sisson December 1996