Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind

Close Encounters of a Third-World Kind

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by Jennifer J. Stewart
     
 

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"Think of it as an adventure," twelve-year-old Annie Ferris's father tells her when he announces that the family will be spending the next two months in Nepal on a medical mission. But what sort of adventure is it if you have to leave behind your friends, sleep in a tent with your bratty little sister, and actually be expected to eat something called yak cheese? Not…  See more details below

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"Think of it as an adventure," twelve-year-old Annie Ferris's father tells her when he announces that the family will be spending the next two months in Nepal on a medical mission. But what sort of adventure is it if you have to leave behind your friends, sleep in a tent with your bratty little sister, and actually be expected to eat something called yak cheese? Not an adventure Annie wants any part of. Then Annie meets Nirmala, a local girl, and she begins to get to know the real Nepal.

Editorial Reviews

Bulletin - Bulletin Reviewer
It's unusual for a novel this breezy and easy-reading to tackle such challenging themes, but this one manages to bring genuine good humor to this story of an eye-opening journey.
Bureau County Republican - Paula Morrow
Jennifer J. Stewart has an unerring ear for the preteen voice and sense of humor. Her own experience as a medical volunteer in Nepal provides authenticity to this hilarious yet heartwarming account of a spunky American girl's cross-cultural encounters.
School Library Journal - Jean Gaffney
This lighthearted book will lead readers into a totally different kind of life from their own.
Kirkus - Kirkus Reviewer
Full of local color and snippets of cultural information, the comedy-adventure will surely please its intended audience. With just enough danger to keep the pages turning and an authentically voiced narrator
Smithsonian Asian Pacific Center - Bookdragon Blog
Stewart’s light, often humorous style never lectures; she’s also perceptively sensitive when laughter is not appropriate. Mixed in with the goofy, giddy fun are reminders of life’s not-so-happy realities – a father’s too-early death, incurable diseases, gender inequity, and uncertain futures – presented with just enough detail to encourage younger readers to think beyond their comfort zone …

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014794602
Publisher:
Jennifer J. Stewart
Publication date:
06/10/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
148
File size:
394 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Award winning author Jennifer J. Stewart writes seriously funny books for children. She enjoys speaking in schools and volunteers with MAKE WAY FOR BOOKS, a non-profit organization giving young children the chance to fall in love with books and reading. www.jenniferjstewart.com

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Close Encounters of A Third World Kind 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you've been looking for an adventure story for girls, this is the one you want. By turns humorous, hair-raising, and heartbreaking, the book is set in rural Nepal, where 12 year old Annie and her family have come to provide health care to the villagers. (Think of a hospital with no running water and occasional electricity!) A special friendship develops between Annie and Nirmala. This book will stick with you and open your eyes to a very different world view.