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The Girl With No Name: The Incredible Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys
     

The Girl With No Name: The Incredible Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys

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by Marina Chapman, Vanessa James, Lynne Barrett-Lee
 

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The amazing story of a girl who overcomes unique hardship and deprivation—growing up with a troop of capuchin monkeys—to find ultimate redemption.- As seen on The Today ShowIn 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted. She was four years old. Marina Chapman was stolen from her home and then abandoned deep in the

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The amazing story of a girl who overcomes unique hardship and deprivation—growing up with a troop of capuchin monkeys—to find ultimate redemption.- As seen on The Today ShowIn 1954, in a remote mountain village in South America, a little girl was abducted. She was four years old. Marina Chapman was stolen from her home and then abandoned deep in the Colombian jungle. That she survived is a miracle. Two days later, half-drugged, terrified, and starving, she came upon a troop of capuchin monkeys. Acting entirely on instinct, she tried to do what they did: she ate what they ate and copied their actions, and little by little, learned to fend for herself.So begins the story of her five years among the monkeys, during which time she gradually became feral; she lost the ability to speak, lost all inhibition, lost any real sense of being human, replacing the structure of human society with the social mores of her new simian family. But her harrowing adventure was only beginning . . .In the vein of Slumdog Millionaire and City of God, this rousing story of a lost child who overcomes the dangers of the wild and the brutality of the streets to finally reclaim her life will astonish readers everywhere.

Editorial Reviews

The Huffington Post
“Marina Chapman may live a quiet life now, but the story of her childhood is more akin to a wild fairytale.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605985459
Publisher:
Pegasus Books
Publication date:
04/15/2014
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
109,704
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Now married to an Englishman and living in Bradford, England, Marina Chapman plans to donate her share of the profits from this book to help finance charities that combat human trafficking and child slavery in Colombia.

Based in Wales, co-author Lynne Barrett-Lee's first novel, Julia Gets a Life, was published by Bantam. Her most recent novel, Barefoot in the Dark, was shortlisted for the inaugural Melissa Nathan Award.

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The Girl with No Name: The Incredible Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
musicgirl95 More than 1 year ago
This book is AMAZING. I can't seem to put it down. It's keeping be very interested. The way Chapman shares her adventure is truly incredible. I can't even imagine what she must have gone through. Everyone should read this. It's a fantastic biography with many descriptive words and vivid imagery. 
SciFyNutCK More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. At times I wasn't sure if she really did experience everything the way she remembered. However, the story when viewed in its entirety is most bwelievable and totally amazing.
Bittysmom More than 1 year ago
I really, really liked this book. It was different and enticing. I looked forward to picking it back up whenever I had to put it down. That is a real good thing for me. When I can't wait to pick the book back up to read some more. I don't have a lot of reading time, so that is important to me. I could never read a whole book at one time. I don't like to give up on a book, but there have been several books I have read that I put off picking the book back up and would go days in a row without reading simply because the book wasn't very good. Not so with this book! I was a little skeptical about some of the things, but I did some research and felt it could be true allowing for a little girl's perhaps faulty memory. Anyway, be prepared for a wonderful trip if you choose to read this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have. The best part is this is a true story.
LuLuPA More than 1 year ago
An incredible story of survival. This was our book club's November selection. It is the story of a little girl of 4 who was kidnapped from her backyard, then abandoned in the jungle of Colombia. We don't ever learn why she was abandoned, just that she was. Knowing that this is a true story, I empathized with her right away. She was obviously very bright to be able to survive and not just sit on the ground, cry and die. I was transported to the jungle with her, dealing with fear, creepy crawly things, hunger and loneliness. Her story is amazing, insightful, and so sad that she had to go through all that she did. She kept her innate goodness though, even though it was hidden when she had to survive on the streets. I like her. She is definitely a hero of mine. I am curious to read the sequel. I am sure she used all she learned from the monkeys in raising her own family.
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Her story is like your worst nightmare. Thank goodness there were wonderful people to help her.
ReaderWriterEditor More than 1 year ago
Fascinating story! For anyone who is at all interested in how children develop, how humans relate to animals, the learning of language, how a 5-yr-old child can survive in the jungle without human help: you will be fascinated by this book. Marina Chapman displayed more courage and resourcefulness as a child than most people can muster as adults. I got so engrossed in her world that when humans encroached, I wanted to make them go away -- or at least treat her better. I hope she writes the story of how she made it from South America to England, and what it took to adapt to the world she faced there. Just an amazing story, and so well-written, I was carried away.
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Emilyhoneychurch More than 1 year ago
This book is astonishing and one that I will never forget. It is a top ten book of all time for me.
Tessiekim More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! What an amazing read. I read it in two days and couldn't wait to get back to it when I put it down. The forest descriptions were magical. I will recommend this to others.
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An amazing story!
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Looking forward to the sequal.