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Lost for Words [Paperback]

Elizabeth Lutzeier
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3 Aug 2001
Aysha Begum has always been the fastest, cleverest and most popular girl in her village. But when she and her mother are taken to London by her father to begin a new life, Aysha is forced to face a brand new world. Unable to speak the language, she meets pity or contempt at every corner.

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (3 Aug 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330398202
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330398206
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 847,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
How can Aysha tell people how she feels? Read Lost for Words by Elizabeth Lutzeier, to find out more.
Lost for Words is about Aysha Begum, a girl from Bangladesh. She comes to live in England, where everyone treats her like an idiot because she cannot speak English. They do not realise that she is clever and determined.
This book really hooked me because I felt part of Aysha. When things went wrong for her, it upset me as well. When I had finished the book I felt glad that Aysha had become respected and popular. I was moved by the part where she sticks up for another new girl from Bangladesh.
I understood more about how children from other countries might feel when they come to England, and also about people who find it hard to communicate.
The places the Begum family lived in are well described, and the characters are full of life and colour. The dialogue is realistic, and the story flows well.
I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to girls age 10 and over who like stories about people's lives. It has a good title, but the cover is not very bold so it might not stand out in a bookshop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars excellent 5 Feb 2005
By A Customer
excellent novel, eloquently written. i would however, recommend it to older children, around 12-14, as some of the issues dealt with require a more mature mind.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Lost for Words is a fantastic novel. It gives us all a picture of the problems faced by children living in this country where English is not their first language. As a trainee teacher I was shocked at the way Aysha was branded as having 'no language' and therefore put in the bottom group when, in fact, she was very intelligent.
Of all the books we have read during our 3rd year of studying children's literature at university this has to be the best!
Read it - you won't be able to put it down.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all - rounder, excellent for everyone 4 Jun 2002
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I really enjoyed reading this book, it always left you on a cliffhanger. It shows how hard it is for people to move to a different country. It also shows how people can change, even though you don't expect them to. I would recommend this book to anybody. Olivia Hesketh, aged 11.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a brilliant book 7 Jun 2002
This book gives children the chance to think of the changes in a young girl's life as she moves from her home in India to a motel in london to a damp and dark house, when she is given a shock as a petrol bomb kills her neibours, and she can not speak english, at all. Aysha 's mum is robbed and she makes friends at school but one of her friends moves away.........................
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