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Wednesday, November 7

My father gave me and my brother a little money. My stomach is all twisted up with hunger, but I don't want to spend the money on anything as frivolous as food. Because it's money my parents earn with their sweat and blood.

I have to study well so that I won't ever again be tortured by hunger....

In a drought-stricken corner of rural China, an education can be the difference between a life of crushing poverty and the chance for a better future. But money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren't always enough to pay school fees.

Ma Yan's heart-wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship and bring prosperity to her family through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling.

First published in France in 2002, The Diary of Ma Yan created an outpouring of support for this courageous teenager and others like her — support that led to the creation of an international organization dedicated to helping these children... all because of one ordinary girl's extraordinary diary.

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"This affecting volume collects diary entries penned by a Hui Muslim girl living with her family in a single-room house in rural China. In his articulate introduction, Haski explains how Ma Yan's mother came to hand him the diary that her daughter (now 16) kept when she was 13 and 14. Ma Yan's illiterate mother, while suffering from an ulcer, undertook a job of hard labor hundreds of miles from home to pay for her daughter's education. The girl's determination to excel at school figures prominently in the entries: 'I must work really hard in order to go to university later. Then I'll get a good job, and Mother and Father will at last have a happy life.' Though frequent restatements of this goal, numerous references to Ma Yan's fear of disappointing her mother and recaps of similar classroom incidents make for rather repetitious reading, they do underscore the girl's extraordinary resolve, generosity of spirit and resilience. Many of the details will open youngsters' eyes (e.g., Ma Yan went without food for days to save money to buy a pen; each weekend, she and her brother walked more than 12 miles to and from school, where they boarded during the week and often went hungry). This heartfelt diary inspired the creation of the Association for the Children of Ningxia (to which a portion of the book's proceeds will be donated), dedicated to helping others like Ma Yan stay in school. Ages 10-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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This diary of 14-year-old Ma Yan, who lived with her family in a drought-stricken corner of rural China, was published in Europe in 2001. It led the creation of an international fund for the education of Ma Yan and other poor children in her village.

About the Author

Ma Yan is a teenager from Ningxia, China. She was thirteen and fourteen when she wrote these diary entries. Now sixteen, Ma Yan hopes to attend a university: "I want to study journalism," says Ma Yan. "My purpose is to keep the whole world informed, to report the poverty and real life in this area."

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katie_7_k8, October 24, 2006 (view all comments by katie_7_k8)
My counsellor is Chinese and he refered me to this book. This young girl compelled me to work so much harder at school and not to take anthing i get for granted. Her story is also making me want to go to impovershed countries and try give them an education.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060764968
Editor:
Haski, Pierre
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Editor:
Haski, Pierre
Author:
Haski, Pierre
Author:
Yan, Ma
Author:
Ma, Yan
Author:
by Ma Yan
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - General
Subject:
Social Situations - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Social Issues - Homelessness & Poverty
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : General
Subject:
Girls - China
Subject:
Ma, Yan
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
5 1/2 x 8 1/4
Age Level:
from 10

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This affecting volume collects diary entries penned by a Hui Muslim girl living with her family in a single-room house in rural China. In his articulate introduction, Haski explains how Ma Yan's mother came to hand him the diary that her daughter (now 16) kept when she was 13 and 14. Ma Yan's illiterate mother, while suffering from an ulcer, undertook a job of hard labor hundreds of miles from home to pay for her daughter's education. The girl's determination to excel at school figures prominently in the entries: 'I must work really hard in order to go to university later. Then I'll get a good job, and Mother and Father will at last have a happy life.' Though frequent restatements of this goal, numerous references to Ma Yan's fear of disappointing her mother and recaps of similar classroom incidents make for rather repetitious reading, they do underscore the girl's extraordinary resolve, generosity of spirit and resilience. Many of the details will open youngsters' eyes (e.g., Ma Yan went without food for days to save money to buy a pen; each weekend, she and her brother walked more than 12 miles to and from school, where they boarded during the week and often went hungry). This heartfelt diary inspired the creation of the Association for the Children of Ningxia (to which a portion of the book's proceeds will be donated), dedicated to helping others like Ma Yan stay in school. Ages 10-up. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , This diary of 14-year-old Ma Yan, who lived with her family in a drought-stricken corner of rural China, was published in Europe in 2001. It led the creation of an international fund for the education of Ma Yan and other poor children in her village.
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