A Girl Named Disaster

A Girl Named Disaster Nhamo is a virtual slave in her African village in Before her twelfth birthday Nhamo runs away to escape marriage to a cruel husband and spends a year going from Zimbabwe to Mozambique Alone on

Nhamo is a virtual slave in her African village in 1981 Before her twelfth birthday, Nhamo runs away to escape marriage to a cruel husband, and spends a year going from Zimbabwe to Mozambique Alone on the river in a stolen boat, swept into the uncharted heart of a great lake, she battles drowning, starvation, wild animals.Orchard collectible editions have new designs, auNhamo is a virtual slave in her African village in 1981 Before her twelfth birthday, Nhamo runs away to escape marriage to a cruel husband, and spends a year going from Zimbabwe to Mozambique Alone on the river in a stolen boat, swept into the uncharted heart of a great lake, she battles drowning, starvation, wild animals.Orchard collectible editions have new designs, author prefaces and discussion guides.

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A Girl Named Disaster

  1. Nancy was born in 1941 in Phoenix and grew up in a hotel on the Arizona Mexico border where she worked the switchboard at the age of nine She also found time to hang out in the old state prison and the hobo jungle along the banks of the Colorado River She attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon, earning her BA in 1963 Instead of taking a regular job, she joined the Peace Corps and was sent to India 1963 1965 When she returned, she moved into a commune in Berkeley, sold newspapers on the street for a while, then got a job in the Entomology department at UC Berkeley and also took courses in Chemistry there Restless, again, she decided to visit Africa She and a friend tried to hitchhike by boat but the ship they d selected turned out to be stolen and was boarded by the Coast Guard just outside the Golden Gate Bridge Nancy eventually got to Africa on a legal ship She spent than a year on Lake Cabora Bassa in Mozambique, monitoring water weeds Next she was hired to help control tsetse fly in the dense bush on the banks of the Zambezi in Zimbabwe Part of the time she spent in the capital, Harare, and was introduced to her soon to be husband by his soon to be ex girlfriend He proposed a week later Harold and Nancy now live in the Chiricahua Mountains of Arizona on a major drug route for the Sinaloa Cartel This is the setting for The Lord of Opium They have a son, Daniel, who is in the U.S navy Nancy s honors include the National Book Award for The House of the Scorpion and Newbery Honors for The Ear, the Eye and The Arm, A Girl Named Disaster and The House of the Scorpion She is the author of nine novels, three picture books and a number of short stories Her books have been translated into 26 languages.

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  1. Excellent book I highly recommend this one I think it s a great way to understand a little better the complexities of African beliefs and tribal life It s not a religion to them, it s a way of life believing everything has a spirit, for example.

  2. i personally hated this book although i read it with a class i truely hated it i think even if i read it by myself i still would not have liked it its not that the writing is bad its just that it goes on forever and you just get tired of it.

  3. I am she who lifts mountains When she goes to hunt Who wears a mamba for a headband And a lion for a belt Beware I swallow elephants whole And pick my teeth with rhinoceros horns Let them hear my words Nhamo is coming And her hunger is great Nhamo, A Girl Named Disaster , P 101 P eople are like plants Some shoot up like weeds, and some are slow like fruit trees In the end, the fruit trees are worth Ambuya, A Girl Named Disaster, P 21 I would give three and a half stars to A Girl Named Disaster [...]

  4. This took me forever to read I don t know why I guess I wasn t reading 20 minutes everyday Oh well But, it is a really good book Interesting.

  5. Nancy Farmer s A Girl Named Disaster brings us inside the head of Nhamo, a girl living in a small Mozambique village Her mother had died when she was very young, and her father had disappeared Even though her aunt and uncle took her into their hospitality, it is very clear to Nhamo that she is not wanted there When disease strikes the village and her family is forced to visit the Muvuki, Nhamo is faced with alarming changes Determined to run away to find her father s family, she embarks alone to [...]

  6. This book is about the young girl Nhamo who leaves her little village in Mozambique in order to find her father s family in Zimbabwe to avoid an impending marriage to a cruel man She gets stuck on an island and is forced to figure out how to survive on her own while also receiving guidance from the spirit world By far my favorite part of this book was its rich depiction of folklore I learned a lot about the beliefs of people from Mozambique and Zimbabwe which I had never even heard of before For [...]

  7. A Girl Named Disaster, Nancy Farmer 1941 1386 340 9789648564679 9648564671 20 1387 352 9789649602721

  8. A Girl Named Disaster is typical young adult lit fare as far as the main components go Absent parents, family members who don t treat Nhamo well, feeling marginalized in all areas of life, etc But she has extraordinary powers that set her apart from her peers What gives this book its richness is its setting Nhamo s family lives in a remote village in Mozambique Nhamo s grandmother advises her to run away when her family plans on giving her in marriage to the brother of a man her father murdered [...]

  9. A girl s book boys likely would not relate to the very female nature of this book Nhamo whose name means Disaster lives in the African country of Mozambique in the early 1980s The native religion and customs of the time will be strange to a youth reader today Because the spirits tell her family that she is the cause of a cholera epidemic, they send her to be the fourth wife of a cruel man in another town She runs away, and much of the book consists of her adventures on a boat and on islands in L [...]

  10. I started reading this book with the whole English class At first I was totally into this book, and i couldn t stop reading and went straight through chapter 18 While reading till the mid part of the book, suddenly I felt really bored with the story, it s not that i didn t like it it s just that it was pretty boring with her just staying on an island and got stranded over and over There was also some pretty disgusting things that were in the book that is supposed to be read by girls, because I c [...]

  11. This book is ANYTHING but torture Nancy Farmer has really outdid herself this time This book truly represents the rights that all children possess since birth to have family, to have freedom, to have justice.Nhamo, forced to courtship with a man she barely knows, flees her village in a stolen boat on a voyage to freedom And with the assistance of her mother s spirit, a dead man and two water spirits, Nhamo doesn t have to face it all alone With her courage, nature, spirit and spirits and faith, [...]

  12. This book would have gotten a 3 or even a 4 if it had continued how it started For example I enjoyed Nhamo s insights on why her cousin was so patient and good tempered wouldn t you be if you got to sit in the shade.I liked getting to know the culture through her family relations but once she started journeying on her own thats where I felt like I was trudging through the book The journeying lasted way too long reminded me of Cast Away When she finally came back to human habitation I wanted dev [...]

  13. Coming of age story in a well researched setting with a very strong female main character Africa Mozambique and Zimbabwe and the spirits of Shona tribesmen play a strong role in this solid adventure story.The basic plot is a girl whose parents are both gone, made to labor for her family in a traditional Shona village When the story of her father killing a man comes out, some other villagers believe the victim s restless spirit curses the village Their solution is to marry little Nhamo off to the [...]

  14. A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer African traditions, religion, female coming of age, race, nature, class,globalization, National Book AwardFinalistWhen I was in 6th grade I read The Hatchet, an exciting book about a solitary boy in the middle of the frozen Canadian tundra who survives alone for a long period of time It was one of my favorite books growing up A Girl Named Disaster reminds me a great deal of Gary Paulsen s thrilling novel, but just change the boy with Nhamo, the Canadian tund [...]

  15. My daughter read this in school and said I MUST read it I liked it as well It is like Island of the Blue Dolphins which I also loved an adolescent girl forced to survive on her own This one takes place in Mozambique, and the girl is Shona I really felt that I was inside this girl, her thoughts and feelings were so well portrayed While she is alone she talks to spirits her deceased mother, the deceased owner of the boat she is using and the water spirits The fun part is that they talk back and sh [...]

  16. CIP While journeying to Zimbabwe, eleven year old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spiritsReview This substantial, well researched novel begins in a Mozambiquan village and surrounding settlements, where an engaging plot involving the 11 year old protagonist, Nhamo, and a cast of reasonably well drawn supporting characters begins to unfold When Nhamo runs away to escape an unwanted marriage, she enters into a survi [...]

  17. This isn t my favorite book I ve read It was really long, and I had a hard time getting into it in fact, I don t think I ever just fell into the book like I do with others A Girl Named Disaster tells the story of Nhamo, an African girl who lives in a village with her family Taking place when some of Africa like Zimbabwe is Westernized, Nhamo undergoes a journey of escape, survival, and self discovery She leaves her village to escape an arranged marriage mandated by the spirits, and spends severa [...]

  18. Nhamo lived with her dead mom s family Her father had abandoned her mother before Nhamo was even born Living in a tribe who believe children belonged to the father, Nhamo was not appreciated or even treated very well by her relatives When a cholera epidemic sweeps over the tribe, her family s only explanation was that they were being punished for Nhamo s presence and they decide to force her into a marriage with an older man to settle her father s past transgressions Her loving grandmother, the [...]

  19. Title Author Publication Date A Girl Named Disaster Nancy Farmer 1996Genre FictionFormat PaperbackPlot summary While journeying to Zimbabwe from Mozambique, eleven year old Nhamo struggles to escape drowning and starvation and in so doing comes close to the luminous world of the African spirits.Considerations or precautions for readers advisory The story deals with female menstruation and child brides or arranged marriages Review citation Tillotson, Laura 1996 A Girl Named Disaster Book Review B [...]

  20. To tell the truth, I hadn t expected to love this book as much as I did However, I found myself in a completely new world The novel was about a young Afircan girl named Nhamo, which means disaster in the language of her people Ever since her mother died, Nhamo has been treated like an outcast and made to do all the chores for her aunt and uncle, while their daughter sits and does what she wants In this inspiring tale, Nhamo is told by her grandmother who is the only person in the village besides [...]

  21. A story about a girl who is hated by her family and runs away to escape being force to marry I think I would have enjoyed this better if I wasn t reading The Island of the Blue Dolphin with my daughter at the same time I think the two together made for a little too much girl survives in the wild against all odds for my own tastes That said I enjoyed the story and it made me really glad that I do not have to eat bugs in order to survive And it had a pretty happy ending which is always nice.

  22. I read this book when I was in sixth grade It really went over some tough topics It took me about a week to read it and I don t remember everything about it, but I do remember that I absolutely loved this book I suggest it to readers of all ages Obviously it s the maturity of the reader not the age It s a long book I do agree, but I never felt like the subject got boring, it was a new adventure every chapter Any way I seriously recommend this book.

  23. I was required to read this book and I thought I d hate it But honestly, I really enjoyed this book The hardships Nhamo must go through makes the book interesting When she travels through the spirit world, you feel like your in the spirit world too However, this book is very sad Not sad enough for me to cry, but still pretty sad I would recommend this book to someone who is looking for a challenge It s a great book

  24. This book has a lot of details, which makes it boring for people my age Plus, some parts of the book aren t very useful to the plot of the story I gave this book two stars cause its not really the kind of book I would pick up and read in the library Overall, I would recommend this book for senior students instead of middle school students.

  25. A Girl Named Disaster is an interesting book It s non fiction and the author prefaced the whole entire thing so it s even interesting Most times I don t like non fiction but this one I loved Also it s a good book to read because its about something sad happening in different parts of the world and we don t really learn about it Thats mostly why I liked this book

  26. I luv this book If you havent read this book or are not planning to your really missing out on ALOT and I feel bad for you D D I really hope you read this book you HAVE TO I finished it and now i m trying to get everyone in the class to read it PLEASE READ THIS BOOK

  27. I couldn t sleep after i read this book during bed time, it certainly isn t a bed time story, it brings me tense just by imagine the story in my head It is a really good story, it tells me the African s belief, the way they live And i like the cover.

  28. It was really BORING I could not get into it I ended up giving up on the book around chapter eleven.

  29. I am Nhamo, a tree full of fruit,Not a weed,Pay attention, little girls I am now a womanAnd allowed to scold you.My pots will be stronger, my baskets finer,The roofs of my house will not fall in,I am Nhamo, a mighty woman,For whom crossing a measly river was not enough I can t describe the extend up to which this book has touched and stirred my heart and soul There is something very subtle about the protagonist Nhamo, she is a low key rebel, who questions everything She is a bit clueless too, bu [...]

  30. NANCY FARMER CATEGORYNhamo lives in a remote Mozambique village with her dead mother s family Day in and day out it s chores and work and often with a scolding from her aunts Her solace is in a nearby deserted village, where she keeps a magazine page that she has decided to use to communicate with her mother s spirit and a few other things When the village falls ill with cholera, the villagers seek answers with a muvuki, or a very powerful spirit medium, who lays the blame on Nhamo and the crime [...]

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