Heartbreakingly inspirational AsianWeek Will push readers to a new understanding of the hardscrabble existence endured by manyand underscore how much teens everywhere have in common ALA Booklist Paint s a vivid portrait of the daily life of a child in a part of the world seldom visited School Library Journal Affecting Will open youngsters eyes Publishers Weekly Young readers are likely to rally in support of a peers struggle Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books A compelling, heartbreaking story of poverty, deprivation, and hope Vancouver SunWednesday, NovemberMy father gave me and my brother a little money My stomach is all twisted up with hunger, but I don t want to spend the money on anything as frivolous as food Because it s money my parents earn with their sweat and blood I have to study well so that I won t ever again be tortured by hunger In a drought stricken corner of rural China, an education can be the difference between a life of crushing poverty and the chance for a better future But money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren t always enough to pay school fees Ma Yan s heart wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship and bring prosperity to her family through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling First published in France in , the diary of ma yan created an outpouring of support for this courageous teenager and others like her support that led to the creation of an international organization dedicated to helping these childrenall because of one ordinary girl s extraordinary diary