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Spilled Water (Bloomsbury Educational Editions)

Spilled Water (Bloomsbury Educational Editions) [Kindle Edition]

Sally Grindley
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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'This is a powerful, emotional story ... With strong characters and simple but effective writing, this is a captivating book' Waterstone's Guide to Kid's Books

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When her husband dies, Lu Si-yan's mother is encouraged to sell her young daughter into domestic service. Lu Si-yan is just eleven when sold by her uncle. Nearly two years will pass before she can get back home to her mother and brother. In this powerful and compelling novel Sally Grindley portrays the life of a young girl in China, a young girl whose life is said to be like ‘spilled water'.

With a brilliant first-person narrative and a powerful description of time and place, this novel is gripping, heart-wrenching and utterly mesmerising.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 259 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens (7 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031KG1E0
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #113,507 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've been a children's author for 27 years, and my writing ranges from picture books for the very young to fiction for pre-teens. When children ask me if I've ever written for adults I say that I don't know enough words. They're inclined to believe me, and that I'm 92! (I'm not.) KNOCK KNOCK, WHO'S THERE? is 27 years old in 2013 and still going strong, so I think I can say that it's a classic. As is SHHH! - published in 1991 - which children absolutely adore. I was proud to win the Smarties Gold Award for SPILLED WATER, my novel about a Chinese girl sold into domestic slavery, and I'm proud too of my subsequent books about children of the world who lead difficult lives - BROKEN GLASS, TORN PAGES and BITTER CHOCOLATE. I've always got a book or two on the go, and I guess I always will.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking and uplifting 8 Sep 2012
By Jan
I have just re-read this brilliant book for no real reason other than I love it and am constantly putting it on lists of suggested reading for the year 7 and year 8 pupils. It reminds English schoolgirls that even if they hate school with a passion their lives could be so much worse! Lu Si-yan is called "Spilled Water" by her uncle simply because she is a girl and therefore of no use to the family. Following the death of her loving and much loved father this uncle sells the 11 year old Lu Si-yan in the market and she becomes an unpaid domestic slave to a couple, who intend that she will eventually become the wife of their brain-damaged son. She has to work very hard and is constantly unhappy as she misses her own family and her old life in her faraway village. She manages to escape and intends to find her way back to her family, but she has more problems to overcome before she reaches home.

Lu Si-yan is a brave and resourceful girl and her story is both heart breaking and uplifting. She is badly treated but she is a survivor and her strength and determination win our admiration. This remarkable story is, of course fiction, but it reminds us that slavery is not consigned to history and in some parts of the world it is still common practice. Girls are particularly vulnerable to this form of exploitation and I therefore encourage pupils to read this story to gain an understanding of the problem.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars spilled water 19 Jun 2008
wow. thats all i have to say. this is a tear jerking, and heartwarming novel by an amazing author. she really explains what its like to have trouble surviving, and how different it is in some other parts of the world.ive read the book twice, and both times i couldnt put the book down!i really like hearing about lu-si-yan and Li-hu and their mother, and all abot lu-si-yans adventure, and how all her pain and grief finally got her to where she wanted, but then she was hit hard with some terrible news. i nearly cried when i read it the second time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spilled Water 3 Jun 2006
By Heather
I loved this book! The storyline is excellent. The book is well written and descriptive in an interesting way. This book is one of the best books I have read. I would recommend this book to all other teenagers.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Favourite book so far. 6 July 2005
Spilled water is a amazing new novel by Sally Grindley. It has a great storyline, and also has good detail of the characters and their emotions.
It has a true meaning, i couldn't help myself but read on and find out what happens to the main character Lu Si-Yan.
I defintley recomend it to anyone, especially teenagers!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spillled Water 2 Sep 2004
A magnificent book conveying the harshness of a childhood in China with a rare dignity and beauty. One of the most moving and engaging childrens books written in recent years.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it! 11 July 2014
I was given this book as a prize for a book review I wrote when I was 9. I haven't read it since, but the story has been engraved in my brain. I don't think a book has ever affected me as much as this particular book has. I highly recommend it to children and adults alike, I am about to read it again, I'm curious as to how the story will translate now that I am 18 years old.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super 2 July 2014
By Hannah
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My 10 year old daughter read this book at school and loved it, she said she couldn't put it down and didn't want it to end.....thought I'd buy it for her birthday, she'll be dead chuffed
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book 16 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Theway the story was told was great. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and how much it relates to the real world. It really made me think.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thought provoking book.
If I am honest I am not an avid reader but as I work in a school decided I should be! This book had me hooked from the moment I started it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Suz
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
I remember reading this when I was around ten or eleven and thinking it was amazing. I've been meaning to read it again ever since but the library where I got it from closed down... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ingrid
3.0 out of 5 stars Set School Book
This is a set book for my daughter's class. I haven't read it and I don't think they will be yet. No idea what it is like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. It was very well written and emotional. I would recommend it to people who like books written about things that could really happen in life.
Published 19 months ago by Maddie Robertson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Really touching it was a great book worth while reading. 10 out of 10 is there any other books like this
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I chose five out of five as this book is brilliant ,you must read it!It is exciting and seat gripping.
Published 21 months ago by katiecurr
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely story, very well written
I would recommend this book to everyone, it is a wonderful and powerful story. Sally Grindely has written this story so well it fills like your actually there watching everything... Read more
Published 22 months ago by liana george
5.0 out of 5 stars AMASING!!!
I am years old and loved this book. I gasped at the story and wept for Si-yan. I adored the drama, it was breath taking, and if your in your right mind, READ THIS BOOK!
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