The Diary of Ma Yan

The Diary of Ma Yan : The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl

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"I'm so hungry, I could eat anything. Anything at all."

In a drought-stricken corner of rural China, an education can be the difference between a life of crushing poverty and the chance for a better future. But for Ma Yan, money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren't always enough to pay school fees . . . or even to provide enough food for herself and her family.

Ma Yan's heart-wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling. Its publication was an international sensation, creating an outpouring of support for this courageous teenager and others like her . . . all due to one ordinary girl's extraordinary diary.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 166 pages
  • 129.54 x 187.96 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Frontispiece; Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060764988
  • 9780060764982
  • 100,364

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"Paint[s] a vivid portrait of the daily life of a child in a part of the world seldom visited."--School Library Journal
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