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Nujood Ali , Delphine Minoui
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March 2 2010
“I’m a simple village girl who has always obeyed the orders of my father and brothers. Since forever, I have learned to say yes to everything. Today I have decided to say no.”
 
Nujood Ali's childhood came to an abrupt end in 2008 when her father arranged for her to be married to a man three times her age. With harrowing directness, Nujood tells of abuse at her husband's hands and of her daring escape. With the help of local advocates and the press, Nujood obtained her freedom—an extraordinary achievement in Yemen, where almost half of all girls are married under the legal age. Nujood's courageous defiance of both Yemeni customs and her own family has inspired other young girls in the Middle East to challenge their marriages. Hers is an unforgettable story of tragedy, triumph, and courage.

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“A powerful new autobiography...It’s hard to imagine that there have been many younger divorcées—or braver ones—than a pint-size third grader named Nujood Ali.”
—Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

“Shocking...captures the social challenges facing Yemen better than any scholarly work could hope to do.”
—Washington Post

“Her case has brought international exposure to the archaic practice of robbing girls of their youth.”
People (Four Stars)

“An international icon of tenacity and courage.”
New Yorker

“One of the greatest women I have ever seen . . . She set an example with her courage.”
—Hillary Clinton
 
“This book took my breath away. It broke my heart but put it back together again with a renewed hope in the staggering power of the human spirit. What Nujood did to save her life was a miracle; that she did it as a ten-year-old child is, quite simply, astounding.”
—Carolyn Jessop, author of Escape and Triumph

“Nujood and all other girls like her who are traded like objects deserve to be heard. This important book gives them a voice and sheds light on an ugly secret that has destroyed the lives of children for centuries.”
—Marina Nemat, author of Prisoner of Tehran

“Simple and straightforward in its telling, this is an informative and thoroughly engaging narrative.”
Publishers Weekly

About the Author

NUJOOD ALI was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce. Named a Glamour Woman of the Year in 2008, she has been profiled in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine. She lives in Yemen.
 
DELPHINE MINOUI, a recipient of the Albert Loudres Prize, has been covering Iran and the Middle East since 1997. She lives in Beirut.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Women's Rights July 9 2010
Format:Paperback
Poigniant demonstration of a little girl's courage in a culture that views women as of little or no value
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Q: Book Addict Aug. 31 2010
By Mrs. Q: Book Addict TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Author: Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Pages: 176
Source: Personal Copy
Category: Memoir/ Young Adult
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis:

Nujood, is an innocent little girl who stood up to the unknown and almost impossible. She may have lived in poverty, but poverty didn't make her unhappy. She was a very happy child until her world literally changed around her. While many young girls were in school and playing with children their own age, Nujood had a much different reality. Her father agreed to marry her to a man three times her age. Without preparation or warning, in a matter of weeks she was married, sent to live with her husbands family and she was repeatedly raped and beaten by her husband. Her mother-in-law had no sympathy for her, she tried to assist her son in molding the perfect wife. She was told by her mother-in-law and mother that she must endure. A wife does not question her husband. A woman does as she is told. If a man wants a successful marriage, he is warned to marry a nine year old. Nujood took measures into her own hands. She vowed to get divorced and return to her family, she wanted to take her niqab off and resume life as a ten year old. She left her house one morning to buy bread for her family, and never returned that evening. She searched for the local court house, and sought help. She stood in the crowded courthouse scared, frustrated, and determined. The initial reaction from the judge was shock. Once she was able convinced them of her situation, the court system promised to help her. This little memoir is eye opening, and shocking. A must read.

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This memoir is simple, yet powerful.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pass it Forward... June 23 2011
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The end of the book challenges its readers to "Pass it Forward" onto new readers...and I have happily done so. It is a fantastic read...well written from the eyes of a 10 year old. Her challenges and struggles in a world that does not respect women is well captured and compelling. You won't want to put it down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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The world has known some amazing women that have stood up to change what they see as injustice, they are not often 10 years old.
Nujood had the courage to say NO to her situation and go against her culture and family that all told her she must just endure. Deprived of an education to the point she was unable to read and could only write her first name, this little girls courage changed not only her situation but has changed laws and saved others like her.
She was named woman of the year and after you read the book you will see why she is one of the most worthy winners. There is no self pity in this book unlike most 'survivor' stories, and no blame from her to those who put her in the situation. I read this book in one morning and would urge everyone to read this girls story. It is written in the simple language of a 10 yr old and has been translated but this does not take away from the strength of the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Aug. 19 2010
By Lisa74
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An inspiring story of strength and courage. I was not able to put the book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative and interesting Oct. 17 2011
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Quick read. Very informative about some Islamic sects in Yeman and how they treat young girls (age 9). This young one has wisdom beyond her years and fought for herself with a judicial system that actually supported her desire to divorce and become a little girl again. Touching and honest.
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