A Girl Called Problem

A Girl Called Problem

by Katie Quirk


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Thirteen-year-old Shida, whose name means "problem" in Swahili, certainly has a lot of problems in her life -- her father is dead, her depressed mother is rumored to be a witch, and everyone in her rural Tanzanian village expects her to marry rather than pursue her dream of becoming a healer. So when the village's elders make a controversial decision to move their people to a nearby village, Shida welcomes the change. Surely the opportunity to go to school and learn from a nurse can only mean good things.

However, after a series of puzzling misfortunes plague the new village, Shida must prove to her people that moving was the right decision, and that they can have a better life in their new home.

For author pictures of Tanzania, a video depicting the life of a modern Tanzanian girl, discussion questions for each chapter of the book, and suggestions for further reading, please go to katie-quirk.com and follow the links for A Girl Called Problem.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802854049
Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 641,964
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Katie Quirk (katie-,quirk.com) wrote the middle-grade novel A Girl CalledProblem after living and teaching in Tanzania. She currentlylives in Maine and is working on a book about raising herson in India.

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