A Girl Named Disaster

Finalist, National Book Awards 1996 for Young People's Literature

A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer book cover
ISBN 9780531095393
Scholastic | Orchard Books
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Nancy Farmer

Nancy Farmer's honors include the National Book Award (Children's Literature) for The House of the Scorpion and Newbery Honors for The Ear, the Eye and The ArmA Girl Named Disaster and The House of the Scorpion.  She is the author of eight novels, three picture books and a number of short stories. More about this author >

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A Girl Named Disaster is the humorous and heartwrenching story of young girl who discovers her own courage and strength when she makes the dangerous journey from Mozambique to Zimbabwe. Nhamo is a Shona girl living in a traditional village in Mozambique in 1981. When her family tries to force her into a marriage with a cruel man, she flees. What was supposed to have been a short boat trip across the border into Zimbabwe, where she hoped to find her father, turns into an adventure filled with challenges and danger that lasts a year.