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Slumgirl Dreaming: Rubina's Journey to the Stars

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My name is Rubina Ali. I don't know when my birthday is, and nor does my father, but I do know that I am nine years old.

Young Rubina is a one-in-a-million star. Plucked from among five hundred slumkids who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, she saw her fairy-tale dream of stardom come true. Now that she has stepped into the limelight
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jennifer Wardrip
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Did you see the movie Slumdog Millionaire? Depending on your age, maybe not as it's a rated "R" film. But it did win the Oscar for Best Movie in 2008. One of the actresses in the movie was Rubina Ali, an 8-year-old girl born in the slums of India.

SLUMGIRL DREAMING tells Rubina's exciting story from the auditions for Slumdog Millionaire through the crazy time of the Oscars. Rubina shares her positive attitude and her amazement at the world around her. Rubina
Khantey Lim
Apr 06, 2015 Khantey Lim rated it really liked it
Shelves: comfort-to-read
Here we go! Rubina is right, the film is just a film but it gives hope. Her story as well is giving hope. Beside studying, I like singing, dancing, and acting. I just to enjoy them. I'm kind of a movie-diverse watcher, if that's the word. I watch Indian, Khmer, Korean, English, Chinese, sometimes Thai and Phillipines movies. When I finish a movie and sees that it is really touching or interesting, I start to act it out. It was so much fun. Like Rubina, I always dream of acting in a film, you kno ...more
Feb 19, 2011 Tanja rated it really liked it
Shelves: chn-biography
Rubina Ali was one of the main child actors in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008). In this autobiography, she talks about her life in the Mumbai slums, her way through the auditions, the filming, her attendance at the Oscar award-ceremony as well as how her life was impacted by the sudden success. The two journalists working on this book with her have done a fine job in maintaining Rubina's voice, the voice of a nine/ten-year old girl who had never seen anything outside of the Ban ...more
Sophie Tse
My Review

This book makes my heart warm. Rubina Ali was a small girl with nothing and lived in a slum, but this book is on her journey about how she left her home and became famous.
I decided to read this book because i saw it in the public library and it caught my eye. It also had colourful pictures in it and i'd never read a biography before.
The spot this book fills on my bingo board is the 'A diary, autobiography or biography' category.
My favourite quote from the book was when Rubina was talkin
Louise Jones
i just needed a gentle read and got it from this book it is ages since the book came out as it was soon after the film which was yeons ago but just needed some gentle reading in the humid weather which this was i remember the story vaguely and then came back tome and as the book stated on various occasions it gave us what we all needed hope it was at times really happy but towards the end a mixture of emotion sad and anger at people and how cld do such things but at least rubina had a taste of ...more
Children's Literature Project
DRA:? Reading level: grades 4-6

Young Rubina Tells her story of how she was chosen among five hundred slum kids who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. She accounts her life experiences before and after fame living with her family in the slums of Bandra, India. She describes the glamour and comfort she experienced while visiting the USA during the Oscars, as well as the grand reception she got in India after coming back. She tells of the many professional op
This was such an honest autobiography.
Rubina's voice was clear, sweet and young. The grim realities of her life were fascinating and very, very sad. I could understand a lot of what she was saying, and even though I've actually seen some of the things she was talking about, living in Pakistan, it still shocked me.
It was however a lot of fun to have a full on look behind the scenes and walk along her, on the path to the stars.
Kathy Chung
May 24, 2011 Kathy Chung rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asian, memoir
Mama Kucing Books : Slumgirl Dreaming : My Journey to the Stars by Rubina Ali with 2 Others

This is a book that leaves me with a nice feeling after reading.
Jun 12, 2012 Jennett rated it it was ok
I was hoping to find a fun autobiography to read with my class, but I was disappointed. It's a quick, easy read, but there's just not much substance to it.
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I read this when I was a little girl back then ><
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Rubina Ali (also known as Rubina Qureshi) is an Indian child actress, who played the youngest version of Latika in the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire (2008), for which she won a Screen Actors Guild Award. Following the film's success, she has been cast in the upcoming Bollywood film Kal Kisne Dekha (2009).
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