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.