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The Best Day of My Life

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'The best day of my life was the day I found out I was all alone in the world.'Even though Valli spends her days picking coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only sight that fills her with terror is the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks - the lepers. When Valli discovers that that ...more
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Published 2012 by Allen & Unwin
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Jessica
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I picked up The Best Day of my Life at the library because I had less than two minutes to choose what to borrow, and seeing as I’d read and enjoyed No Safe Place by the same author, I knew it couldn’t be too bad. And then, I sat in my sister’s music lesson and read the first half a dozen chapters, and before the day was out, I was out too. So, this book was a quick read, and enjoyable enough for me to dig in, and stay in until it was finished. It taught me more about poverty, people, and prejudi ...more
Imogen
Nov 19, 2015 rated it liked it
This book was really good although towards the middle to end the book got a little boring and dragged on. The Best Day of my Life is about a young indian girl who lived in poverty for all her life, after finding out the family she has been living with all these years is not her own, She makes a quick and rushed decision to hitch a ride in a coal truck leaving everything she knew behind hometown.After being discovered by the drivers of the truck she beings she adventure to Kolkata to look for a w ...more
Betty
Apr 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a gorgeous read. The protagonist is a young girl, born into poverty in a small village in India. She escapes her life to live on the streets of Kolkota and finds she has leprosy. Her positive view on the world, along with the insight into a different culture and place, make this novel a delight to read. Its target audience is 12-13 year olds.
Bec
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
The more Deborah Ellis I read, the more I love her. Her books have the power to change lives.
Nova
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing

Deborah Ellis, best known for her ‘Parvana’ or ‘Breadwinner’ trilogy has written another well-researched book about issues relating to children in the third world. This book is written in the first person and I was amazed at the insights Ellis had into Valli’s daily life and even her thought processes. It’s almost as if Ellis herself spent time living on the streets in Kolkata.
Valli’s daily life consists of sleeping in a crowded room, picking up coal around the coal pits in Jharia, India; and st
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TheBorrower
Mar 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My first...REVIEW! So, here it goes:

The beauty in books is that you can live many different lives - all in one sitting.

In THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE, I was a little girl named Valli. I was born in a coal town called Jharia; in India. I breathed and lived in poverty.
One day, I found out my aunt was not my aunt.
So I left.
If I have no family, why should I stay?
But more importantly, where should I go? Where do I belong?


I absolutely love, love this book. My only complaint is - why did it have to en
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Heather
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"The Best Day of My Life" is a simply written book giving the reader a deeper insight into the world of leprosy. The narrator of the story is a young Indian girl, Valli. She is homeless, streetwise, tough and intelligent, with an authentic voice, thus making her a wonderful protagonist. At first, Valli sees others with leprosy as monsters, not realising that she is suffering from the same illness. However, as she learns more about the disease, and with the help of Dr Indra, she begins to look be ...more
Kreisheia
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly inspiring tale.I was really intrigued by the imagery created. This is about a young girl who experiences the most outrageous journey and adventure of her life. Jharia was simply known for picking up coal everyday. She was in a place of her own, considered insivible.She wants to seek more with herself and others. She yet discoveres more about herself than she could ever imagine she was capable of. From seeing misty grey skies to clear colours. Just because of her fears, problems a ...more
Leo *
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Imagine if you found out your parents were dead?
valli leaves her city in hope of a better life,
This Book is Inspirational And very easy to read but although teaches important lessons like how to borrow and return but i was disappointing with some of the plot because she does some immature things like break into Malls and Schools which i fail to understand how it helps the plot and Makes us have sympathy for the character. I rate this book 4 star
Michelle
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Valli is a coal-picker who escapes from her miserable life by jumping on the back of a truck and hitching a ride to the city. There she survives through her smarts and good nature, believing that things should be borrowed then left for someone else who needs them. When she meets a kind doctor who offers to fix her feet, damaged by leprosy, her life changes.
Cass A
Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Junior fiction (upper primary/middle school, Yrs 5-7). This was a great book for many reasons. The heroine, Valli, was strong under very difficult life circumstances in India, including contracting leprosy. However, her chance meeting with a doctor, who was also a strong female character, gave her an opportunity to find a new way forwards and it was ultimately an uplifting read.
Ramandeep
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is a very intersting book and it is a very good book
Dylan Knitter
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was great! It really made me feel sorry for all the people in Jharia.
Katie
Mar 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
A good read, though I was concerned about the character of Dr Kaur being male - NOT what I expected!
Jen
Apr 26, 2014 added it
interesting story Ive read other stories by Ellis :)
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Deborah Ellis has achieved international acclaim with her courageous and dramatic books that give Western readers a glimpse into the plight of children in developing countries.

She has won the Governor General's Award, Sweden's Peter Pan Prize, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the University of California's Middle East Book Award, the Jane Addams Children's Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award.

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