I loved this book. It wasn't at all what I expected, longer too. It takes place in Africa in 1981. A girl grows up in a tribe in a remote part of the country near Zimbabwe, well actually in Mozambique. They don't have anything modern there and rely on a lot of outdated traditions and superstitions in their lives.
Her name is Nhamo which translates as; Disaster. She is the heroine of the story and is very misnamed. She is so brave and really smart. Her grandmother is the only one that loves her and sees her potential. Her mother died when she was a baby and she doesn't know where her dad is at the beginning of the story. She is about 13 years old. She is going to be married off to an awful old man with lots of wives so she runs away to find her father.
The adventure and education she has from getting away from her people is unbelievable. She thought it would take a two day boat trip but shttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifhe gets lost and it takes a year. She meets many animals on her journey and even lives with a bunch of Baboons. She comes close to starving a few times but is very industrious and smart in surviving on the native plants. She also hunts and captures birds and things to eat. She also has a spiritual journey all along the way.
This is a very dangerous action filled book. It reminded me of Julie and the Wolves but completely different when it comes to the place and culture. It is a 1997 Newbery Honor book. I loved it !