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The Fattening Hut by Pat Lowery Collins
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Apr 11, 2011

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bookshelves: fiction, multicultural, verse-novels, young-adult
Read from April 10 to 11, 2011

Interesting verse novel about a young teenage girl named Helen who lives on a fictional African island (though the author says the traditions/scenery are based off Nigerian customs and the Caribbean island of Martinique, I believe) whose tribal customs include arranged marriages, the fattening and female circumcision of their women to prepare them for said marriages. However, Helen does not want this life, but dreams of freedom and the chance to be educated. Will she escape her fate? Although I thought it was a little long-winded, it was an fascinating look into traditional African customs and thinking outside of the box. Recommended for teens 15+, though the topics are difficult to read about.

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