Free Audiobooks A Girl Named DisasterAuthor Nancy Farmer –

Coming of age story in a well researched setting with a very strong female main character Africa Mozambique and Zimbabwe and the spirits of Shona tribesmen play a strong role in this solid adventure story.The basic plot is a girl whose parents are both gone, made to labor for her family in a traditional Shona village When the story of her father killing a man comes out, some other villagers believe the victim s restless spirit curses the village Their solution is to marry little Nhamo off to the victim s brother, who is described as diseased and ugly Her grandmother, one of the few characters that is good to her, encourages her to run away to her father s family in Zimbabwe Of course, a simple few days travel turns into many months adventure when things don t go the way she plans.Nhamo is a strong character, and the spirits she interacts with help her in the adventure When anxious or bored, she tells stories many of them Shona folk tales This works well, creating many stories within the main tale.Read this book aloud with my daughter, and my only regret is a decent pronunciation guide The book contains maps, a list of characters, and a glossary for unfamiliar terms It concludes with a history of Shona and Mozambique culture and politics, along with a solid bibliography I concur with my daughter s rating of 4 stars, and enjoyed this few weeks. This took me forever to read I don t know why I guess I wasn t reading 20 minutes everyday Oh well But, it is a really good book Interesting. Nhamo Is A Virtual Slave In Her African Village In Before Her Twelfth Birthday, Nhamo Runs Away To Escape Marriage To A Cruel Husband, And Spends A Year Going From Zimbabwe To Mozambique Alone On The River In A Stolen Boat, Swept Into The Uncharted Heart Of A Great Lake, She Battles Drowning, Starvation, Wild AnimalsOrchard Collectible Editions Have New Designs, Author Prefaces And Discussion Guides I am she who lifts mountains When she goes to hunt Who wears a mamba for a headband And a lion for a belt Beware I swallow elephants whole And pick my teeth with rhinoceros horns Let them hear my words Nhamo is coming And her hunger is great Nhamo, A Girl Named Disaster , P 101 P eople are like plants Some shoot up like weeds, and some are slow like fruit trees In the end, the fruit trees are worth Ambuya, A Girl Named Disaster, P 21 I would give three and a half stars to A Girl Named Disaster There are few authors out there who are capable of writing an engrossing, gripping young adult novel with the emotion and intensity that always marks the stories of Nancy Farmer A Girl named Disaster finds its perfect balance as a coming of age story, a loving testament to the power and richness of the Shona people and their beliefs, and as a nail biting suspense tale about a girl out on her own at the age of eleven, with seemingly no one who cares about her in existence any and nothing but a wan hope for a faraway possible future as her guide Rather, there was a space between one person and the next It was as though a necklace had come apart and each bead rolled separately across the floor The village had broken somewhere deep inside A Girl Named Disaster, P 41 Spirits were thin fare, compared to people They didn t breathe comfortingly in the middle of the night, and they couldn t hold her in their arms A Girl Named Disaster, P 139 The reader who picks up this book will find himself taken very quickly into the world of tribal Africa and all of its many, varied customs Some of these customs will fascinate the reader, others of them will seem offensive or even heartless and cruel to the American mind, but all of them are sure to be eye opening, and they serve perfectly to advance the story and allow us to see the entire person that makes up our protagonist, Nhamo It is perhaps in this area that Nancy Farmer succeeds most magnificently, creating a character that we are given access to know as well or better than we could know any real human being who stood before us, and with whom we could converse Nhamo, herself, is the mark of a master story teller, a writer who is able to make events that are as far away from the lives of most of her readers as could possibly be keep a sense of raw immediacy about them Ultimately, the reason that I see for the marvelous artistic success of A Girl Named Disaster is the resounding knowledge of humanness that Nancy Farmer has, and the way that she is able to relay it through her characters so gracefully, and in ways that take us by surprise and remind us once again of just what it means to be human The thoughts and feelings of Nhamo will echo deeply in the soul of any person, connecting with one s own personal emptiness and loneliness and need for love to make the story of Nhamo truly as powerful as it is In the end, this is what I see as the secret of Nancy Farmer s success, and I feel honored to be allowed to make the journey alongside Nhamo E ven the best bowl of porridge has a few weevils in it A Girl Named Disaster, P 288 The paths of the body are long, but the paths of the spirit are short A Girl Named Disaster, P 293 This book is about the young girl Nhamo who leaves her little village in Mozambique in order to find her father s family in Zimbabwe to avoid an impending marriage to a cruel man She gets stuck on an island and is forced to figure out how to survive on her own while also receiving guidance from the spirit world By far my favorite part of this book was its rich depiction of folklore I learned a lot about the beliefs of people from Mozambique and Zimbabwe which I had never even heard of before For this reason I would encourage young adults to read the novel because I think it would introduce them to a culture they know little to nothing about My big problem with this book, though, was the pacing I thought some parts were too long and moved way too slow, especially the beginning and when she is trapped on the island I felt like some of these details were not necessary to the story It wasn t until the very end of the book that I thought the pace picked up I also thought it was unrealistic that Nhamo was very juvenile in her thinking in comparison to her strength to live by herself for so long. Nancy Farmer s A Girl Named Disaster brings us inside the head of Nhamo, a girl living in a small Mozambique village Her mother had died when she was very young, and her father had disappeared Even though her aunt and uncle took her into their hospitality, it is very clear to Nhamo that she is not wanted there When disease strikes the village and her family is forced to visit the Muvuki, Nhamo is faced with alarming changes Determined to run away to find her father s family, she embarks alone to Zimbabwe This book follows her on this journey Personally, I think the strongest thing about this book is its captivating setting Nancy Farmer uses vivid vocabulary to describe Nhamo s surroundings It made this book both captivating, interesting, and amazing However, I believe that the journey continued for a prolonged period of time Nhamo was either constantly starving or thriving The danger she was always in lost its previously good effect after it happened so many times It became incredibly boring Also, I didn t quite like the ending It was sort of bittersweet, and I wished for a very happy ending It seemed that Nhamo nearly died just to be treated like scum again They didn t love her in the village, and the didn t love her in Zimbabwe either I felt like I wanted all her hard work to be paid off Maybe I was just extremely attracted to her character.Overall, this was a good book I was never clear if the spirits were in her head or real, however Was this book meant to display the culture of Zimbabwe, or was it a book in which Nancy Farmer was promoting the belief of spirits This was extremely confusing for me, and I am sure it was for many other readers as well Further, I got confused about who she thought was Mother Was it the Doctor Was it Sister Gladys Was it the mother in the magazine I wasn t sure I loved learning about the culture of Zimbabwe and Mozambique I have never read anything like this book before, and, even though it has some faults, I recommend it to all. This book was very slow at first but it quickly turned into a fast paced one as Nhamo started her journey I think a theme of this book is to be courageous Nhamo shows courage in many different parts of the book, like when she hunts a dassie Dassies can be very big, and Nhamo was slightly scared of them, but she manages to hunt one on her first try I give this a four out of 5 stars because I think that many parts of this book connected with religion and I liked to hear the myths which were very interesting. A Girl Named Disaster is typical young adult lit fare as far as the main components go Absent parents, family members who don t treat Nhamo well, feeling marginalized in all areas of life, etc But she has extraordinary powers that set her apart from her peers What gives this book its richness is its setting Nhamo s family lives in a remote village in Mozambique Nhamo s grandmother advises her to run away when her family plans on giving her in marriage to the brother of a man her father murdered as recompense Armed with nothing than a leaky boat, some supplies, and the company of the spirits of her ancestors, Nhamo sets out to find refuge with her father s family in Zimbabwe.Nhamo s journey takes her through a river, to several islands, into the spirit world, and eventually she lands with people who lead her to her father s family.The only problem I have with this book is the ending I feel that in a way it communicates that to be happy one must adopt western ways of dress and behavior As she moves into the sophistication of her father s family, she marvels at where she once was, almost with pity on her old self And yet, her old self was marvelously resourceful and incredibly in tune with her culture and beliefs The magic of the story comes from her connection with the spirit world and it almost feels as if that part of her is abandoned towards the end. Excellent book I highly recommend this one I think it s a great way to understand a little better the complexities of African beliefs and tribal life It s not a religion to them, it s a way of life believing everything has a spirit, for example. i personally hated this book although i read it with a class i truely hated it i think even if i read it by myself i still would not have liked it its not that the writing is bad its just that it goes on forever and you just get tired of it.