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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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.
My website is www.sallygrindley.co.uk.