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Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman
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it was amazing

Nia is such an intelligent, ambitious, and courageous girl who is determined to make a better life for herself, refusing to accept that her schooling is over. Girl of the Southern Sea is an incredible, honest novel written by Michelle Kadarusman, well-deserving of it’s Junior Library Guild gold standard selection, that follows Nia’s journey through some difficult situations in the slums of Jakarta and her unyielding efforts to see to it that she saves enough money to attend high school. She’s not had an easy life—losing her mother then subsequently tasked with the responsibility of taking care of her baby brother and alcoholic father—in poverty with bouts of bad luck. Still this book is hopeful as you read of Nia’s grit and thoughtfulness. Nia is a wonderful story teller and shares her vivid retellings of Dewi Kadita, a mythological goddess throughout the book. These stories not only serve as entertainment and comfort for her brother, but as a creative outlet for Nia, inspiring her to find her own power and persist through adversity. This book is touching through the end to the authors note as she shares her experiences in the region and her efforts to support Plan International Canada’s Because I am a Girl initiative.
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May 28, 2019 – Shelved

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Michelle Kadarusman Dear Christina, thank you so very much for your thoughtful review. MK

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