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Spilled Water Hardcover – August 12, 2004


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books (September 4, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582349371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582349374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,206,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7–In this bleak story set in modern China, 11-year-old Lu Si-yan's world falls apart when her father is suddenly killed. Although she and her mother manage to scrape a living from the soil, disaster follows disaster until one day her uncle tells her it is time to find her "own way in the muddy whirlpool of life." He sells her to a family to be their maid and eventually marry their handsome, but childlike son. After many months of emotional abuse and exhausting work, she escapes with the help of the family's grandmother, who is horrified at the treatment Lu Si-yan is receiving at the hands of her daughter-in-law. The girl's money is stolen, and she ends up working in a toy factory where the hours are long and the pay minuscule. Eventually she becomes ill, and through a series of unbelievably fortuitous events, her uncle comes to her rescue. Though much of the story rings true, the behavior of the uncle is problematic. It is unclear why he sells his niece in the first place when she is the one who takes care of her young brother and keeps her mother going. And one must wonder why he would rescue her after her mother's death. Though Grindley attempts to show motivation, it is unconvincing. Still, the book provides an interesting look at the issues of domestic slavery and the exploitation of factory workers that plague many parts of the world today.–Barbara Scotto, Michael Driscoll School, Brookline, MA
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From Booklist

Gr. 5-7. Set in contemporary China, this first^B novel tells a story of child labor and a young girl wrenched from home. When her loving father dies and hardship hits the farm, Lu Si-Yan, 11, is sold by her uncle as an indentured servant and future bride to a city family ("What else is a girl good for?"). She runs away, only to be trapped as a factory laborer, sewing toys at starvation wages on the assembly line in a stifling, noisy workplace. She finds kindness as well as cruelty in the factory, especially among older fellow workers, and she eventually makes it back home, though there is no happy-ever-after ending. Sometimes the child's first-person narrative sounds more like an account from an experienced reporter than the story of country kid, and the river metaphor of Lu Si-Yan's journey home is overdone. But the direct prose unfurls the story of a girl regarded as no more than "spilled water" in a way that will reach older readers as well as the novel's target audience. Hazel Rochman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a mother of an daughter adopted from China, I learned a lot about expectations Chinese society has placed on girls. The vulnerability of children is often something others take advantage of in all cultures. This is a story that will also touches the hearts of anyone who is interested to know more about the plight of factory workers in China. I am glad that the story had a happy ending but my thought is that it is unlikely that a child forced to work at an early age and for unkind employers would ever find their way out of such a system.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
This book is great. It made me laugh and it made me cry,and most of all i felt like it put me in a different world while i read it, like i could see the story happening before my eyes. spilled water is all about a young girl trying to find freedom and happiness, and in the end she does, but in a way you wouldnt ever expect.
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By Sandy on February 8, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is an excellent, very decent book and written very well. I would have thought it was a biography if I didn't know better--it is so well-researched.

This book is very interesting, and suitable for grades 6 up, with a high AR level. It is a nice, decent book that keeps you reading!

This book opens your eyes to how factories might be--probably are--in Asian countries, which is very sad.

You will enjoy this book!
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Format: Paperback
Spilled water is (I think) the best book in the whole wide world. You really should read the adventures of Lu Si-Yan.
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