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text 2017-12-18 04:15
Who is my favourite character in the book and why?
Sold - Patricia McCormick

My favourite character in the book is the main character in the book whose name is Lakshmi. She is a girl from Nepal and is 13 years old. Before she was sold into sexual slavery in India, she was in her homeland where she lived with her family. Although her family was poor, she was still grateful of the many little things in life that she did in the village. For example, before her best friend left to go work for a rich family in the city as a maid, they used to play together, brushed each other’s hair and many more. Lakshmi also had a little goat who always showed her affection towards her. Therefore, despite being desperately poor, Lakshmi had the little things in life that she would do in her village that would make her happy. This shows that she knows how to appreciate every little things in life despite the circumstances. This is why she is my favourite character as she has a very pleasant and polite attitude. When she has arrived at Happiness House after being sold to slavery by her stepfather, she thinks that she will have to work as a maid just like her best friend. Her mother taught her everything she needed to know like what to do and what not to do and how to respect the family she will be serving. She listens to her mother’s advice and will do what is told to be done. This shows that she will willing to help her family earn money as she cares for them dearly. This is also another reason why she is my favourite character as she is caring and helpful towards her loved ones. When she found out that she was sold to sexual slavery, she stayed strong through it all. This is why she is my favourite character and she always shows courage, bravery and strength despite the many circumstances.

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text 2017-12-12 05:06
Sold - Patricia McCormick
Sold - Patricia McCormick

What do I enjoy about this book and what did I learn from it?

 

During the holidays, I read this book entitled "Sold,Patricia McCormick" . This book actually won the National Book Award Finalist , no regrets reading this book ! What I really enjoy about this book is that , I get to learn more about how Lakshmi felt and what she went through.Lakshmi is an 13 year old teenager that lives with her desperately poor family, in a small hut in Nepal.At that point of time, her family was in need of money,therefore her stepfather introduce her to a glamorous stranger who tells her she will find her a job as a maid working for a wealthy woman in the city.Lakshmi undertakes the long journey to India and arrives at the house.But as soon as she learns the unthinkable truth,she has been sold into prostitution.What I really learn from this story is that , do not trust people that easily just to get money. Eventhough that was her stepfather,she was desperate for money to help her family. Therefore she was glad  that her stepfather introduce her to that stranger.She went through a lot of thick and thins when she was in India. She had to pay for whatever she wanted,pillow,bed and even her food. As he was a  prostitude, she had to pay 500 rupees for the shot of dirty hands doctor gives her once a month so that she wont become pregnant.Lakshmi was threathen when she was there too.But she didn't live long as Mumtaz warned her before, if he sees her little book of figures, he will bury her alive..She then realize that she was buried alive when she wrote this story.Pity Lakshmi that she has to go through all of those torture alone.

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text 2016-01-23 10:30
Around the world recommendations #1

I always try to read as diversely as possible. This means I've read quite a lot about stories that don't take place in the US and/or UK. The Passenger challenge is going around on Booktube right now and I thought it would be a great idea to start a new series on my blog. Every once in a while I want to recommend some books that don't take place in the US and/or UK.

This time I've decided to recommend six books. Three of them take place in Europe (and only one for a part in the UK) and three outside of Europe, so from Africa and/or Asia.

1. Burmese Days by George Orwell

Keywords: India, coloniasm, unique main character, misformed face, heartbreaking, love story.

 

2. Sold by Patricia McCormick

Keywords: Nepal, young girl, prostitution, unique writing style, heartbreaking.

 

3. Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie

Keywords: Nigeria, 1960's, religion culture, abusive father, girls who get punished for stupid reasons, want to throw book to the other side of room, makes you angry it still excists today.

4. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Keywords: Sweden, unrealistic, children's novel, funny, adventurous.

 

5. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne

Keywords: Germany (Berlin), World War II, children's story, concentration camp, heartbreaking, wtf ending.

 

6. Just One Day by Gayle Forman

Keywords: part in UK and parts in France (Paris) and  the Netherlands, awesome Dutch culture/words, reastic, cute ya, lighthearthed, finding about who you are.

 

I could have recommended maybe six more, but that will I leave for the next time. All of these books that I just recommended are ''realistic''. I'm not sure if I will do a fantasy/science fiction one, but oh well.

 

What books that don't take place in the US/UK would you recommend?

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review 2015-03-20 09:44
Eine jugendliche Stimme gegen den Terror
Malala: Meine Geschichte (MP3) - Malala Yousafzai,Patricia McCormick

Wer nicht gänzlich die Augen und Ohren vor der Welt verschlossen hat, weiß, wer sie ist, diese intelligente, tapfere junge Frau: Malala Yousafzai, die jüngste Friedensnobelpreisträgerin der Geschichte.

 

Schon als Kind aktivierte sie sich für die Bildungsrechte der Frauen. Im zarten Alter von 11 Jahren führte sie für den BBC ein Internettagebuch, in dem sie über das Terror-Regime der Taliban im SWAT-Tal berichtete.

 

Im Oktober 2011 richteten sich dann endgültig die Augen der Welt auf die damals 15-jährige, als sie auf dem Weg zur Schule von Taliban-Kämpfern in den Kopf geschossen wurde. Es sollte eine öffentliche Exekution sein, eine gnadenlose Bestrafung, eine abschreckende Demonstration der Macht des Terrors. Malalas "Verbrechen" bestand alleine darin, dass sie als Mädchen auf ihrem Recht auf Bildung bestand und dieses Recht öffentlich für alle Mädchen einforderte, und diese Hinrichtung sollte der Welt zeigen, dass der Taliban das niemals dulden würde.

 

Doch Malala überlebte, und mehr noch, sie versteckte sich nicht verängstigt, sondern führte ihren Kampf für Bildung weiter. Was der Taliban als Vernichtungsschlag geplant hatte, führte nur dazu, dass Malalas Stimme umso lauter auf der ganzen Welt gehört wurde.

 

Nun aber zum Hörbuch:

 

Die Sprecherin ist sehr gut gewählt - ihre Stimme ist eindringlich, vermittelt wunderbar Malalas jugendlichen Elan, ihren Humor und ihre für ein junges Mädchen so beeindruckende Weisheit.

 

Und Malalas Geschichte verdient es, gehört zu werden, in ihren eigenen Worten. Man hört in den Nachrichten so viel über den Terror, das Schreckensregime des Taliban... Das hat mich schon immer betroffen, wütend und ratlos gemacht, aber erst durch Malalas Erzählungen habe ich wirklich einen lebendigen Eindruck vom tagtäglichen Leben der Menschen gewonnen, die unter dem Schatten dieses Terrors leben müssen.

 

Denn trotz allem ist Malala doch auch einfach nur ein Mädchen, das ein Recht hatte auf eine unbeschwerte Kindheit - das mit seinen Freundinnen lieber über Bella und Edward geplaudert hätte als über den Terror. Ihre Worte haben sie mir sehr nahe gebracht, gerade weil sie so deutlich zeigen, dass Malala keine politische Gallionsfigur ist, sondern eine echte junge Frau aus Fleisch und Blut, die die gleichen Träume und Hoffnungen hat wie Mädchen auf der ganzen Welt.

 

Ihre Geschichte bringt dem Zuhörer eindringlich nahe, dass sie es nicht verdient hat, diese Träume und Hoffnungen nicht ausleben zu dürfen - und dass kein Mädchen das verdient hat, egal welcher Kultur, welcher Religion, welcher Hautfarbe, welcher Staatsangehörigkeit.

 

Fazit:
Malalas Geschichte ist es mehr als wert, gehört zu werden, und der Verlag hat sie auch wunderbar als Hörbuch umgesetzt. Das ist mehr als nur Politik oder Geschichte, das ist ein Stück Leben, erzählt von einer mutigen, intelligenten jungen Frau.

 

Source: mikkaliest.blogspot.de/2015/03/malala-meine-geschichte-horbuch-von.html
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text 2015-03-06 15:52
Bookhaul #9

Finally a bookhaul! I decided to wait for a while so I got more books to show you instead of just one or two. At the bottom are the I bought a while ago and at the top are the ones I recently bought. These are the books I got since my last bookhaul: 

I'm so excited for them (except for The Changeling maybe because I got it for really cheap and it looked beautiful) and I'm going to read them very soon. Actually I've already read Sold last month and I'm currently reading The Picture of Dorian Gray!

 

What books have you bought recently?

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