La Valley, Josanne.
THE VINE BASKET
New York : Clarion, 2013
IL 3-6, RL 4.3
||Fourteen-year-old Mehrigul, a Uyghur
girl growing up in western China, has dreams of going to
school but is forced to stay home and help out on her
family farm. She struggles to stay hopeful in an
ever-challenging environment faced with an angry father, a
withdrawn mother, a society that looks down on women and a
government that would like nothing better than to send her
away to work in a factory in southern China.
It is not until an American woman happens upon Mehrigul’s family’s cart at the market and sees a basket woven by Mehrigul and offers her a goodly sum of money for it and asks for more, that things start to change for Mehrigul. If she can make more baskets and sell them to the American perhaps she can help her family’s farm and realize her own dreams at the same time. While her task at hand may be her greatest challenge yet, Mehrigul proves that hope and determination go a long way in helping to realize her dreams.
An excellent choice for expanding global understanding.
(Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher award, 2015)
|SUBJECTS: Basket making -- Fiction.
Fathers and daughters -- Fiction.
Farm life -- China -- Fiction.
Ethnic relations -- Fiction.
Uighur (Turkic people) -- Fiction.
China -- Fiction.