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The Land of Forgotten Girls Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-07-20 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 16 user ratings
ISBN:0062238655
LANGUAGE:English

" There is a lot of hope in this story and it was especially poignant to have the inclusion of a cast of diverse characters. It's also a deeply sad story, but one with moments of lightness and the power of good that will likely shine through. My biggest takeaways are the power of stories and the intense connection of sisters. This would make a great classroom read aloud. " said.

" I finally read THE LAND OF FORGOTTEN GIRLS and what an immersive, heart-rending story. Erin's writing swallows you up and delivers you wholly to another world. Her characters will stay with me for a long time. There are difficult truths here, but these are kids that need to be seen, heard, and loved by readers as much as by Mother Hush. Highly recommended for fans of One for the Murphys and The Thing About Jellyfish. " said.

" So sad! Shortly after their mother's death, Sol and Ming's father remarried and brought them to America from the Philippines. Then not long after that he went back home and never returned - leaving the girls in the care of their stepmother - who truly is evil. Sol does everything in her power to protect Ming, but it's a constant struggle. Can Vea and the girls find a way to reconcile, or can Sol find help and friendship outside of their dingy apartment? " said.

" I really wanted to like this book but I felt it poorly edited and too loosely tied together. I almost didn't want to finish it. Sol and Ming's story is so tragic. I have lots of students ask for sad books and this one is so sad; I just wish the narrative held together better. Death of family members, abandonment, physical and emotional abuse, bullies...all too much for me. I will struggle to recommend this book though appreciate the diversity of its characters. " said.

"I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and unique. Everyone is trying to write books that are culturally diverse, but you never read books about Filipino girls. I've been looking for some forever since most of my students are immigrants from the Philipines. The author is a second generation immigrant and really does a great job of capturing the experience. It is obvious that she is not a first generation immigrant, but I'll take what I can get! The characters are well developed and lovable. I would highly recommend it and I can't wait to read her other books. " said.

"This book falls into that sad category of "book I really, really wanted to like but just couldn't." I loved that the protagonists were two Filipina sisters (yay diversity!) and that the story didn't shy away from tough topics (death, abandonment, bullying, class divide). Lots of good stuff to work with.

Still, it felt like so much happened and yet nothing happened at all. There are some interesting characters introduced, but I felt like the author missed the opportunity to expand on them. And, yes, I'm going to complain about the ending. I'm okay with no happy ending, but all the crap that Sol and Ming have to go through at the very least deserves some sort of -resolution- There was so much promise in this book and I feel like it really just fell flat in the end.

Last, somewhat nitpicky complaint: the cover. It was beautiful and caught my eye, but could we at least try to make them look Filipina? Sol is described as dark with a flat nose, so even if they didn't have Asian features, could we at least break out the brown crayon for her skin tone?
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"3.5

I don't always read middle-grade, but when I do I normally end up a lot less disappointed then when I read YA. I don't know- maybe I'm young at heart or whatever they say. The Land of Forgotten Girls was heart-breaking and beautiful. I don't know what it is life to have a younger sister, but I really ended up feeling for Sol and Ming in the end.

The Land of Forgotten Girls is a book I want my children to read. It's about the power of community, family, and the mind- the beauty of sisterhood and friendship, and the burden of guilt and growing up. I am not one for "magical-realism" but I adored Entrada Kelly's way of words. The imaginative scenes never weighed down the plot and I finished the book with a sense of satisfaction.

In some ways, this book is like a short film. The plot isn't this long-expansive thing that drones on for ages. The characters are the true stars of the novel. If you or your child goes into it with that perspective, they are sure to not be disappointed.

If your looking for another middle-grade novel about sisterhood, I recommend Kira Kira by Cynthia Kadohata.
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" "The truth has a thousand voices." What a meaningful, poignant and timely book. This is a great cultural narrative that would pair with so many great pieces of historical fictions about the immigrant narrative. It would create some powerful comparisons to the past and present immigrant experience.What gorgeous voices. " said.

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