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Girl of the Southern Sea by Michelle Kadarusman - 8/10


life hasn't been the same since Nia's mother died. As an aspiring writer, it is heartbreaking to watch her little brother going to school, while her father drinks away the money that could be used to pay for her own education. When her father stops supporting them, though, Nia sees the opportunity to take her future into her own hands.


AGE RANGE TEEN

Interest Level: ages 13+

Reading Level: ages 11+


THEMES

Indonesia

Alcohol abuse

Family

Poverty

Writing

Stories

Cooking


OVERALL RATING 8/10

Heart-breaking yet beautiful, wonderfully written

A heart-wrenchingly real novel; Michelle Kadarusman does not shy away from difficult subjects. This story is a much needed peek into the lives of those living in poverty in this part of the world. With beautiful writing and an enchanting fairy tale woven into the plot, this book has everything needed to be a great middle grade novel.


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