No Condition Is Permanent by Cristina Kessler

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When Jodie's mother decides they are moving to Sierre Leone, Jodie feels as if her world is falling apart. But she knows her worries are over as soon as she lays eyes on Khadi, a village girl. >From the first moment, the two girls are inseparable--carrying water, collecting firewood, and working in the rice fields together. Everything seems perfect to Jodie until the day the entire village breaks into a wild dance. Suddenly strange things start to happen--Khadi disappears daily, and even Jodie's mother seems nervous. "Secret Society, Jodie. Stay away from it," she warns her. But Jodie wonders what this Society is all about. Surely it can't hurt anyone if she just checks it out. Or can it?

In an unforgettable novel that teems with details of African culture and life, Cristina Kessler heroically tackles one of the most important, most controversial issues for women of our time.

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Cristina Kessler, an author, photographer, and world traveler, has written both fiction and nonfiction books for children, all set in Africa, where she lived for many years. Her books have earned spots on a handful of prestigious lists, such as Book Links"AFew Good Books of the Year,"Bank Street Best Books of the Year, and American Booksellers Pick of the Lists. Booklist has praised her stories as "lyrically told...with cultural particulars woven gracefully into the text. Lenoard Jenkins received his B.F.A and M.F.A. from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He has illustrated a number of popular chldren's books, including A Kenya Christmas by Tony Johnston and A Good Night for Freedom by Barbara Olenyik Morrow. School Library Journal raved the Jenkins's illustrations "will dazzle viewers. Even the shadows pulse with colour and pattern. Jenkins has a gift for figural painting and an exciting sense of compostion.
Published January 10, 2000 by Philomel. 192 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She does find a soulmate in Khadi, a local girl who helps her see the beauty of the village and the culture (""Having Khadi, who I could barely talk to, hold my hand, as we walked past huts and goats seemed totally natural"").

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