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A Girl Named Disaster - Online Book Club

Welcome to our online book club for grades 9 - 12! We are excited for you to join us in our discussion for A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer.

Along with a free copy of the book, you will receive a review page so you can tell us what you thought of the book! You will also receive a flyer for this website, a questions page to consider, activity pages, and an information page with cool links related to the book!

Please remember that we have a limited number of kits available, so it's first come, first served. If you have any special requests or need accommodations, please let Leanna or Amanda know!

All we ask is that you read the book: do as much or as little of the rest of it as you want!

"A Girl Named Disaster" by Nancy Farmer

“Nhamo is a virtual slave in her African village in 1981. Before her twelfth birthday, Nhamo runs away to escape marriage to a cruel husband, and spends a year going from Zimbabwe to Mozambique. Alone on the river in a stolen boat, swept into the uncharted heart of a great lake, she battles drowning, starvation, wild animals, and more.”

*Here are the following pages that you will receive with your kit!*

Nancy Farmer’s website:

Shona Sculpture Gallery’s page on common themes in Zimbabwean art, including njuzu:

Encyclopedia Britannica’s page on Lake Cahora Bassa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe:

Zimbo Kitchen’s page on making sadza (check out the rest of the site for both traditional Zimbabwean foods and spins on other dishes):

Included as well: a write-your-own-folktale activity, a word search, and a mamba coloring sheet!

We hope you enjoy these activities and cannot wait to hear what you thought of the book! We also hope you enjoyed the extra links. Remember, you can comment here on this website, email us at, or come in and turn in a physical copy!

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