The Paper House

The Paper House

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
Growing up in the slums of Kibera outside Nairobi, ten-year-old Safiyah sells things she finds at the dump to make a living and finds the pictures in the magazines inspirational.

Orca Book Publishers
Life is hard for ten-year-old Safiyah in the Kibera slum outside Nairobi. Too poor to go to school, she makes a meager living for herself and her grandmother Cucu by selling things she finds at the garbage dump. After using scavenged paper to fix up the inside of the hut, Safiyah starts a mural on the outside. As word of the paper house spreads, Safiyah begins to take pride in her creation. When Cucu collapses after a fire, Safiyah stays at the hospital to help care for her grandmother. While Safiyah is away, her friend Pendo works on the mural, which upsets Safiyah. But when Pendo attracts media attention to the paper house, Safiyah and her grandmother are given a chance of a better life.
A mural on a tin shack brings hope and happiness to a girl in the slums of Nairobi.

Publisher: Victoria, B.C. : Orca Book Publishers, c2012
ISBN: 9781459800519
Branch Call Number: PB J FIC PET
Characteristics: 108 p. ;,19 cm.


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Jul 07, 2013

This was a good book. It really made me think about how lucky wealthier people are to have a home, school, food on their plate, and a roof over their head - but the girl had to take care of herself and her Grandmother, along with having to feed, dress, and take care of the household.

Apr 16, 2013

I like this because it's a story of someone making a story inside a story then the story gets wrecked then the story finished.

Apr 14, 2013

I really liked this book because, the writer's words really make you feel like you are in the place of the character.

Apr 09, 2013

I really liked this book. It was sad at times and exciting and happy at times. It was a story about friendship and how a poor girl can decorate a dumpster with paper.

ShazaNajeeb Apr 01, 2013

im not sure if this book is NF or F but i have read it its sad but good at the same time (:

Apr 01, 2013

it is a good book but i wasnt really in to it

Mar 28, 2013

It was good when Safiyah built a mural and was an artist. Also it was educational to learn about life for children in Kenya in the slums.There needed to be more excitement and maybe an adventure in the book because it was just day to day life.

Mar 25, 2013

I thought this book was really good. I really liked how the girl cared about her grandma.

Mar 20, 2013

This book was really good because the girl cared about her grandma and it was a really good book :)

Mar 10, 2013

I liked this book because she cared about her grandma and it was really heart-warming!

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Jul 07, 2013

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