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No Ordinary Day by Deborah Ellis
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Sep 11, 2011

really liked it

Wow, although this is a very slight book, only 155 pages, it has some heavy, mature content. Deborah Ellis' books are so eye-opening and effective at giving insight into the lives of tween and teenage girls in other parts of the world. This is the story of a girl in India whose mother dies giving birth to her, and whose father pays neighbors to take the unwanted baby off his hands. She is raised very harshly by people she believes to be her relatives. Hungry, dirty, abused, and lonely her twelve years of existence, Valli, runs away from the coal mining town that is slowly killing her. While living on the streets of a large city she begs, borrows and steals, narrowly escapes being sold into prostitution (subtly inferred),and eventually is befriended by a kindly woman doctor. She discovers both that she has a curable and much misunderstood disease called leprosy, and a hopeful future.

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