A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer

By Nancy Farmer

Orchard Classics is a collectible hardcover line of Newbery award-winning titles from the Orchard backlist that experience clean, attractive new designs and contain writer prefaces and dialogue guides.

A lady NAMED catastrophe is the funny and heartwrenching tale of younger woman who discovers her personal braveness and power while she makes the harmful trip from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. Nhamo is a Shona lady residing in a conventional village in Mozambique in 1981. whilst her kinfolk attempts to strength her right into a marriage with a merciless guy, she flees. What used to be presupposed to were a quick boat journey around the border into Zimbabwe, the place she was hoping to discover her father, becomes an experience packed with demanding situations and threat that lasts a yr.

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