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No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis
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Jun 19, 12

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bookshelves: children-s, middle-school-fiction, multicultural-fiction, survival

Maine Student Book Award Nominee 2012-2013. Author Deborah Ellis tackles the touch social issues of our day, and this novel is no exception. Valli livest in abject poverty in India with her aunt's family, picking up bits of coal that have been dropped by adult workers. Quickly we see that there's no hope for her to have a decent life in this situation, especially since there's no love from her "family". When she finds out that these people are not her family, she makes a daring escape. There are subtle telltale signs that Valli faces even greater hardships -- she has leprosy. Through homelessness, loneliness, hunger and fear, Valli never loses her inner spark. Ellis ends it on an optimistic note. For another fictional account of poverty in India, try Trash by Andy Mulligan.

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