A Girl Named Disaster, By Nancy Farmer
Nhamo is an African girl living in Mozambique. Her father has left her
and her mother is dead. She is horrified when she learns she must marry
a cruel man before her twelfth birthday. She steals a boat and heads
down a mighty river in hope of finding her long-lost father supposedly
living in Zimbabwe. Set off with her as she encounters wild animals,
starvation, and uses her wits to cross land mines.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes adventure. It was
interesting reading about a place and culture so different from my own.
For ages 9+.