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The Land of Forgotten Girls

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  1,166 Ratings  ·  281 Reviews
NAIBA Book of the Year finalist, Parents Choice Foundation Gold Fiction Award, and Winner of the APALA Award for Children's Literature

Two sisters from the Philippines, abandoned by their father and living in impoverished circumstances in Louisiana, fight to make their lives better.

Soledad has always been able to escape into the stories she creates. Just like her mother
Hardcover, 299 pages
Published March 1st 2016 by Greenwillow Books
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Hannah Greendale
Feb 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.

Soledad (Sol) was only seven when her sister Amelia drowned. She was eight when her mother died, and she barely had time to recover from her mother's passing before her father remarried and moved the family to America. When she was nine, Sol's father went back to the Philippines to attend a funeral and never returned. Now that she's twelve, Sol and her younger sister Ming live with their abusive stepmother,
Sue (Hollywood News Source)
An empowering and moving story about sisterhood.

“She isn’t rich. She’s clever. That means she knows how to use her imagination. When you can do that, you can do anything.”

This is something Soledad’s mother would always say. She was a weaver of words. A magnificent storyteller. A fairy godmother that would gladly whisk you away from the danger of reality.

And, when she died. Soledad doesn’t know how to escape the peril of drowning into her own trance.

Soledad and Dominga.

Sol and Ming for short. The
Neil (or bleed)
Things I know to be true: I like this book. Scratch that. I love this book!
Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
a book written by a filipino-american with two filipina protagonists!


*i received a DRC from Edelweiss and HarperCollins in exchange for an honest review!*
Mariz Dela Cruz
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed reading The Land of Forgotten Girls, I didn’t encounter boring scenes. I liked Sol’s fairy tales, they really took me to fascinating places. I think this one is a book for all ages, this is different from other Middle Grade books.

I liked the flashbacks in the Philippines and it made me smile when I read a Filipino word. I got attached to the characters, especially with Sol. She’s just 12 year old and she’s already carrying a lot of burden. I love Sol and Ming’s strong sibling bond, the
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a girl named Sol and her sister, Ming. Sol had another sister, before Ming, that died from drowning in the Philippines. Sol thinks that it was all her fault. Sol's mother also died so now she lives with her dad and her evil stepmother, Vea. They moved to Louisiana together but Sol's father abandoned them after and left them all alone with Vea. I love this book, I find it very interesting because this is the first book I have read about Philippines.
Kelly Hager
Feb 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is seriously amazing. It's the kind of novel that exudes hope and faith and is essentially destined to become a classic.

I immediately loved Soledad (and her little sister Ming) and I rooted for them to be able to get away from their stepmother somehow. (Even knowing that there's really no chance, as they are both so young.) I also love the fact that the author chose not to make Vea a caricature of evil; there are glimpses that she's also been damaged by life.

Everything about this book
Dec 07, 2015 marked it as to-read
Filipino-American author! Filipino protagonists! :D I can't wait to get my hands on this book. I've never read a book that had Filipino characters before, and as a Filipino myself, this is really exciting for me :D :D
Abby Johnson
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
Oh man, this book broke my heart.

It's a little bit of a modern fairy tale but without the magic (although these two imaginative sisters like to imagine lots of magic). Sol and her little sister were born in the Philippines but came to American with their father and stepmother after their mom died. Now their father has gone back to the Philippines, leaving them in a crummy apartment in Louisiana with their wicked stepmother. To help her sister cope, Sol imagines a place called The Land of Forgot
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was ok
Erin Entrada Kelly's career as a novelist started fast with two books in two years, leading up to the monster success of her third novel (Hello, Universe), which won the Newbery Medal. The second of those first two books, The Land of Forgotten Girls, mines Ms. Kelly's Filipino family history for a fresh story of growing up American when you were born in a land of less opportunity. Twelve-year-old Soledad (Sol) Madrid has had several unfortunate breaks in life: her little sister Amelia drowned un ...more
Jen Breen
Jan 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
First 0ff, the title--so powerful. Not only did I enjoy this book but inpspiring to any of any age that has suffered abuse during childhood or felt like an outsider. It offers a realistic sense of hope that is often not found within children's literature. It's real--authentic and does not patronize the reader. Another piece I especially loved about this book is the aspect of strong girls connecting with and building upon each other's strengths in a non stereotypical way and across social backgro ...more
CW (Read Think Ponder)
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to CW (Read Think Ponder) by: Glaiza
A lovely, lovely book about sisterhood and the power of stories.

- Features two utterly adorable and precious Filipino-American girls, Soledad and Dominga - Sol and Ming for short.
- Celebrates and explores the power of stories and storytelling - how the stories we have and tell are passed onto children, who then pass it onto their children - or, in Sol's case, her little sister Ming - and how stories are powerful in taking us away to somewhere else, somewhere better.
- I really loved and connected
Kami Stohl
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a book about two sisters. It's about hope and love and family, and about the power of imagination. It was sad, but still left me feeling uplifted. The relationship between Sol and Ming was so powerful. It made me wish I had a sister!
kim hannah
⭐⭐⭐ 2.5 Stars

"My mother once told me that sisters were bound by invisible ribbons, and these ribbons held them together until the end of time, no matter what."

I just didn't connect with the characters. The beginning was slow and boring. The ending felt unfinished and rushed. Nothing was resolved.

It's a bit disappointing. Being the eldest, I know what it's like to have two younger sisters to look after. I know the bond we have even if I've moved out or have a 12 year gap with the youngest - we
Kori Morris
Aug 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fantasy and realism intertwined - this book reminds me a lot of Bridge to Terebithia. In both the book is in large part about siblings and friends, though the antagonists in BtT are bullies and here she is the wicked step-Mother. In both the protagonists escape reality through a fantasy world, and encounter adults who aid their cause.

I recommend this to anyone who likes Bridge to Terebithia, or who thinks they might.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: wndb
ARC provided by Young Adult Books Central and reviewed there.

Sol has had a very difficult life. In the Philippines, her younger sister drowns, her mother dies of cancer, and her father marries a woman who just wants to go to the US. Once in the US, her father leaves the family, and Sol and her sister Ming are left with Vea, who struggles to keep the girls fed and housed in a difficult part of town. Sol has a good friend, Manny, but the two make a bad choice to throw things at students from a nea
I couldn’t ask for a better Expecto Patronum book than this one for #DAReadathon.

Sol weaves stories for herself and her sister Ming in order to cope with loss at different points in their lives.

Cont'd on the blog:
Ashley Blake
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Gah, I loved this book so much. A heartbreaking tale of sisters and dashed hopes, this book still manages to feel hopeful. It's real and messy and so, so inspiring. Highly recommend.
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The truth has a thousand voices."

What a meaningful, poignant and timely book. This is a great cultural narrative that would pair with so many great pieces of historical fictions about the immigrant narrative. It would create some powerful comparisons to the past and present immigrant experience.

What gorgeous voices.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow, Soledad you and Ming have a pretty rough life. But, I love this book so much, was the end suppose to be a cliffhanger? My grandma is like Ms.Yueng, gotta love her. I have so many questions about what happened, everything came into the picture. For those of you that have NOT read this book, I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys learning about other cultures. I developed a lovable feeling for this book. I couldn't put it DOWN!
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book a lot! It has many good events. It is about two sisters named Sol and Ming. Sol is twelve-years-old and Ming is 6-years-old. They had another younger sister named Amelia but she died. Their mother also died. Soon after that, their father married a girl named Vea who is mean and disrespectful. They moved to Louisiana from the Philippines. Their father, later on, abandoned them with Vea. Vea starts to treat them cruelly and awfully. Aside from that, Sol could talk to her ...more
Marathon County Public Library MCPL
Living in the shadow of her sister Amelia’s ghost, and carefully trying not to destroy the spirit of her younger sister, ever-resourceful Soledad tries desperately to give her something to believe in, even though it may be untrue. Living in almost unbearable conditions in Louisiana with their new, evil stepmother after their father deserts them soon after his remarriage, Soledad chooses to keep the myth alive created by their recently deceased mother about an Auntie Jove who will come to rescue ...more
Piper (An Ocean of Words)

I don't always read middle-grade, but when I do I normally end up a lot less disappointed then when I read YA. I don't know- maybe I'm young at heart or whatever they say. The Land of Forgotten Girls was heart-breaking and beautiful. I don't know what it is life to have a younger sister, but I really ended up feeling for Sol and Ming in the end.

The Land of Forgotten Girls is a book I want my children to read. It's about the power of community, family, and the mind- the beauty of sisterhood a
Adrianna Ibrahim
This book falls into that sad category of "book I really, really wanted to like but just couldn't." I loved that the protagonists were two Filipina sisters (yay diversity!) and that the story didn't shy away from tough topics (death, abandonment, bullying, class divide). Lots of good stuff to work with.

Still, it felt like so much happened and yet nothing happened at all. There are some interesting characters introduced, but I felt like the author missed the opportunity to expand on them. And, y
Melissa Colby
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and unique. Everyone is trying to write books that are culturally diverse, but you never read books about Filipino girls. I've been looking for some forever since most of my students are immigrants from the Philipines. The author is a second generation immigrant and really does a great job of capturing the experience. It is obvious that she is not a first generation immigrant, but I'll take what I can get! The characters are well developed and lova ...more
I really wanted to like this book but I felt it poorly edited and too loosely tied together. I almost didn't want to finish it. Sol and Ming's story is so tragic. I have lots of students ask for sad books and this one is so sad; I just wish the narrative held together better. Death of family members, abandonment, physical and emotional abuse, bullies...all too much for me. I will struggle to recommend this book though appreciate the diversity of its characters.
Susan  Dunn
Aug 17, 2016 rated it liked it
So sad! Shortly after their mother's death, Sol and Ming's father remarried and brought them to America from the Philippines. Then not long after that he went back home and never returned - leaving the girls in the care of their stepmother - who truly is evil. Sol does everything in her power to protect Ming, but it's a constant struggle. Can Vea and the girls find a way to reconcile, or can Sol find help and friendship outside of their dingy apartment?
Oct 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I finally read THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS and what an immersive, heart-rending story. Erin's writing swallows you up and delivers you wholly to another world. Her characters will stay with me for a long time. There are difficult truths here, but these are kids that need to be seen, heard, and loved by readers as much as by Mother Hush. Highly recommended for fans of One for the Murphys and The Thing About Jellyfish.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book was kind of boring to be honest. The book starts off with a typical abusive step mother plot, mother and father are gone/dead. A past loss has happened and it is all haunting two little girls. They have their helper, friend, and hope in the story. It was really basic and it ended with no plot at all. It just ends with no conclusion
Dec 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
There is a lot of hope in this story and it was especially poignant to have the inclusion of a cast of diverse characters. It's also a deeply sad story, but one with moments of lightness and the power of good that will likely shine through. My biggest takeaways are the power of stories and the intense connection of sisters. This would make a great classroom read aloud.
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