Spilled Water by Sally Grindley

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This story takes place in modern-day China, where one girl's bravery overcomes circumstances that are extraordinary from a Western point-of-view.

On the day that her uncle takes her to be sold to the highest bidder, eleven-year-old Lu Si-Yan learns what it really means to be born a girl in her culture: to be worth nothing more than a little spilled water. Torn from her family, she is taken to the smog-wrapped tower blocks and factories of the big city. There she is destined to become a servant to a wealthy family, and someday to marry their son. But Lu Si-Yan is not going to spend her life in servitude. Determined to return to her beloved mother and brother, she embarks on an epic journey to escape and find her way home.

About Sally Grindley

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Sally Grindley lives in Gloucestershire, England, with her family. She is the author of more than thirty books for young readers, including Mucky Duck, No Trouble at All, and its upcoming sequel, A Little Bit of Trouble. This is her first novel.
Published August 2, 2004 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. 224 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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After the money is stolen, the girl’s naïve innocence lets her fall into the trap of factory life, complete with unfair labor practices, compulsory overtime, withheld wages in a prison-like setting that offers room and board for unbearably long work days and nights.

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Grindley's (No Trouble at All ) debut novel centers on narrator Lu Si-yan, whose humble yet happy life with her parents and younger brother in rural China is shattered by her father's sudden death.

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