Format: Hardcover, 218 pages
Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5
Genre: Realistic fiction
What did you like about the book? 14-year-old Nia has been forced to quit school because there is no money to pay for her attendance as required in Jakarta where she lives. She had been an excellent student but now is forced to care for her 5-year-old brother and her frequently drunk father as her mother died. When her father disappears, Nia is forced to take over the business of making and selling fried bananas from a cart. Surviving a freak bus accident is seen as miraculous, causing her business to prosper as others hope her good fortune will enter them through her bananas. This is realistically told sad story as the reader witnesses tragedy after tragedy befall Nia. What can she do to survive, to turn her life around, to be brave and courageous?
Anything you did not like about the book. No.
To whom would you recommend this book? This might be a nice teacher readaloud for middle and high school students showing them just how different things can be for teenagers in other countries.
Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Juvenile and middle school fiction
Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Near
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Manager, Youth Services Book Review
Date of review: 5/16/2019