No Ordinary Day

No Ordinary Day

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Even though Valli spends her days picking coal and fighting with her cousins, life in the coal town of Jharia, India, is the only life she knows. The only sight that fills her with terror is the monsters who live on the other side of the train tracks - the lepers. When Valli discovers that that her "aunt" is a stranger who was paid money to take Valli off her own family's hands, she leaves Jharia and begins a series of adventures that takes her to Kolkata, the city of the gods. Valli finds that she really doesn't need much to live and is very resourceful. But a chance encounter with a doctor r.
Publisher: Toronto : Groundwood Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9781554981762
Characteristics: 1 online resource.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive


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Jul 19, 2018

Powerful book , quick read , but packs a whallop . After you read it , you realize we have absolutely nothing to complain about living in Canada . Everyone should read this book and be enlightened and appreciative .

Aug 03, 2013

Powerful, realistic and inspiring, Deborah Ellis' "No Ordinary Day" is one special book. This is because it makes you think deeply and strongly about what you have. It's a really amazing book and I strongly recommend it to other readers that have previously enjoyed other books written by Deborah Ellis such as "My Name Is Parvana" or "Mud City."

Ann Langone May 18, 2012

A fast paced quick read-- realistic fiction issue book from Deborah Ellis-- well done and powerful. Valli's short life has been very rough-- coal picking and virtually enslaved to a poor family in India. Abused in every way, Valli runs off to live by herself on the streets of Calcutta where she eventually meets a Doctor who convinces her to trust enough to get medical treatment for her leprosy. Sharp and powerfully told in Valli's own voice. All too realistic fiction. I love Deborah Ellis.

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Mar 06, 2014

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SPL_Childrens Oct 07, 2011

12-year-old Valli, who lives in India, does not attend school. Though she longs to go to school and learn, her family has no money to spare for school fees. Instead, Valli works. All day – and every day – she picks up pieces of coal, left behind by workers at the coal mine.
When Valli discovers that the people with whom she lives aren’t her real family after all, she decides to leave the coal town. After hitching a ride to Kolkata, she lives on the streets. Valli soon learns to be quite self-sufficient, cadging and “borrowing” the things that she needs, and passing them on to others when she is finished. She is quite proud of her self-sufficiency and independence.
For some time, Valli, who doesn’t own shoes, has noticed that her feet never feel pain or the cold. One day she happens to meet a doctor who tells her why. The nerves in her feet have been destroyed by leprosy, which will worsen unless she is treated for a long time in a hospital. The doctor knows of a special hospital where the treatment will be free.
However, Valli must first learn to trust the doctor. She must admit that she isn’t as self-sufficient as she would like to be, that it is okay to accept help when you truly need it… and that there is no shame in having a disease such as leprosy.
Author Deborah Ellis, from Simcoe, Ontario, has won numerous Canadian awards for her stories of children around the world and the dangers and conditions under which they live. She is best known for her Breadwinner trilogy of stories about children living under Taliban rule in Afghanistan.


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