Slumgirl Dreaming: Rubina's Journey to the Stars

Slumgirl Dreaming: Rubina's Journey to the Stars

by Rubina Ali
     
 

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My name is Rubina Ali. I don't know when my birthday is, and nor does my father, but I do know that I am nine years old.

Young Rubina is a one-in-a-million star. Plucked from among five hundred slumkids who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, she saw her fairy-tale dream of stardom come true. Now that she has

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My name is Rubina Ali. I don't know when my birthday is, and nor does my father, but I do know that I am nine years old.

Young Rubina is a one-in-a-million star. Plucked from among five hundred slumkids who auditioned for Danny Boyle's multi-Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire, she saw her fairy-tale dream of stardom come true. Now that she has stepped into the limelight, what will life hold for a young girl from the Mumbai slums?

Rubina tells her own incredible story, bringing to life a world of wastelands and rat-infested shanty dwellings, where she played marbles with her friends beside the sewers of Garib Nagar. She introduces her beloved father, a hardworking rickshaw puller, and her siblings. And then Rubina tells of the kindness of Danny Boyle and of the time she spent on the film sets—including the hilarious incident when her costar came to be covered in chocolate from head to toe.

After her brief encounter with red-carpet glamour, how will Rubina come to terms with the conditions in which she, her family, and her friends continue to live since Hollywood came knocking? This is her compelling story.

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Editorial Reviews

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Interview, People Magazine, September 21, 2009:
"Still living in Mumbai's slums after her taste of Hollywood, Rubina Ali, 9, has come out with a memoir."
Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
Rubina Ali wrote her autobiography after her success as a child actress in the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Five hundred children tried out for the part; however Rubina was chosen. She writes in an interesting and informative way and does not whitewash the unpleasant areas of her personal life and the conditions under which she lived before her success as a star. Poverty continued in her life after the film. The movie won eight Oscars. Rubina's pay for the film was limited; however she was given several beautiful dresses she wore to parties on her trip to Hollywood. She lived in first class hotels and received all the perks and benefits while attending the Oscar ceremonies. The film displays the slum squalor where Rubina lives and writes about in her book. After returning to India, she and another actor from the slums were given scholarships to attend a well respected school where she could learn English. Rubina's book describes the setting in Hollywood and the slums equally well. Children who read Rubina's book will have a deeper appreciation for America and how well disadvantaged citizens live here in America in comparison to India. Slumgirl Dreaming by Rubina Ali was written in collaboration with Anne Berthod and Divya Dugar. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
School Library Journal
Gr 4–7—With help from two journalists, nine-year-old Ali tells an unusual tale. Although she grew up in the grim slums of Mumbai, her life was a fairly happy one, populated with friends, warm and loving siblings, and a devoted father. Then, almost by chance, she heard of a casting call for the movie Slumdog Millionaire and became one of just three children chosen from more than 500 applicants. As she recounts interesting moments during the movie's filming with childlike candor, readers are introduced not only to the grinding poverty she navigated daily, but also to India's larger cultural and socioeconomic landscape. The writing here has a journalistic feel. It is not poetic or especially nuanced. But in a sea of cookie-cutter biography series, this book stands out. It has heart, and is aimed at an age group that will identify with Ali in essential ways. Her descriptions of the Bandra East slum are gritty, a little yucky, and wholly compelling. Keeping in mind that most of the book's audience will not have seen the R-rated film, the book is still a worthwhile addition to most collections.—Tracy H. Chrenka, Forest Hills Public Schools, Grand Rapids, MI

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780385739085
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/08/2009
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
1,453,410
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
780L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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