A Girl Named Disaster
Orphan Nhamo flees her traditional village in Mozambique to find the father she has never met after tragedy and family secrets lead to her to be sold as a bride to a hostile stranger. What starts as a short canoe trip to Zimbabwe, turns into a long and treacherous journey. Along the way Nhamo is visited by ancient spirits and guided through peril by her own strength of will and the companionship and advice of her ancestors.
Author Nancy Farmer skillfully and respectfully weaves traditional beliefs and folktales into this gripping and expertly developed story. Part adventure, part spiritual journey, Nhamo's tale of survival will engage any reader looking to delve into a rich culture, and experience a compelling voyage. Grades 6+