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The Quiet Life of Marta G. Ziegler
Some people spend their whole lives trying to be something that they are not, but I am not going to do that. I am going to be me Marta G. Ziegler and travel the world... A tale of a girl who is willing to listen to her heart and follow her dreams ...
Paperback, 124 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Perfect Publishers Ltd
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A deceptively good read. When I bought the book a friend said that it must be a YA or children's book - but it is far from it. Written from the POV of an 11 year old (I think - at least not much older), Marta (NOT Martha) is deaf but is being educated in main-stream schools. Far from being overwhelmed by her disability this girl is clawing her way to make her life successful. At times she seems far older than her years with her philosophy on life, at others she's just a kid unable to understand ...more
Resilient, rebellious, radiant and relentlessly optimistic, Marta is a character you can't help loving from the opening page. As she battles against a world that wants to treat her as stupid because of her deafness, she demonstrates that one little girl can take on all comers and win. Her personality, quirky sense of humour and defiant spirit burn brighter than a beacon. Poignant, powerful and witty, this tale is an emotional treat for all dreamers, spurned outsiders and unrepentant rebels. More ...more
This is a remarkable book told through the eyes of a deaf child. Despite hardships and trauma the story is never self-pitying or mawkish rather Marta faces the world with defiance, optimism and mischief. It's the sort of book Crooked Cat champion, it doesn't fit easily into any category but is thought-provoking and uplifting.