I Am Nujood, Age 10 And Divorced

Paperback | March 2, 2010

byNujood Ali, Delphine Minoui

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“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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“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, Nujo...

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 live...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.5 inPublished:March 2, 2010Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprising story for North Americans Nujood Ali was about 10 years old when her father decided to marry her off so he could have one less mouth to feed. In this well-written true story we get a view into the teribly difficult life of women in modern day Yemen.
Date published: 2015-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Am Nujood Nujood, a 10 year old girl is given in marriage to an abusive man many years her senior who takes her far away from her family. She somehow finds the courage, on the advice of her father's second wife goes to the courthouse to ask for a divorce. Her success becomes a catalyst for some limited but significant changes to the country of Yemen's laws.
Date published: 2015-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My name is Nojood A story told honestly by herself. The cruelty and power struggle performed by men over women. The loss of innocence and beauty. Nojood tells an incredible storry that is happening every day in our world.
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well told An inspirational and informative read. It's not long. Take the time to read it. You will not be disappointed.
Date published: 2015-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am nujood age 10 and divorced Great book, really an eye opener.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nujood a brave and powerful girl Nujood Ali is a simple girl who lives in Yemen and who has obeyed all the orders of her father and brothers. Nujood Ali's childhood was ruined because of a tiny mistake and that mistake was marriage. Her dad arranged her marriage with a man 3 times older than Nujood Ali, when Nujood Ali was only 9-10 years old. Her age was a time of life to enjoy and play around with other girls her age. After marriage she was abused by her husband, she also got beaten up if she asked to go outside to play with other girls her age.She had to wear a black veil and that covered her head to toes but only her round hazel nut coloured eyes are the only things that were see able . She couldn't take it anymore so she decided to have a divorce. She went to a judge and asked for a day at a court. The judge agreed. So she went to court and went against her husband. Her divorce was granted.So from that day everyone called her ''Powerful Nujood Ali''. Therefore she learned that saying no is a good idea. Nujood Ali was the first child bride in Yemen to win a divorce.
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced Loved this book. Nujood gives very vivid recount of everything that happened to her. From early on the sexual abuse by her new husband and then later going to find a laywer to represent her case as she already knew at age 10 that these things that had happened to her were not right. A very meaninful and powerful book. A must read!✳
Date published: 2014-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced In this day and age people should not be forced to live this way. The only way things can change is though education . These books are hard to read but Their stories must be told
Date published: 2013-11-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am Nujood This shows us the revolting truth behind arranged marriages. This should be outlawed. Also this girl's courage to fight for her rights and her freedom goes straight to your heart.
Date published: 2013-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sad reality It's sad to know that its difficult to escape the reality. every night those girls suffers and cant afford to have a wonderful dream that thay should have. And ouch, at a very young age they have to matured early, forget about school, do the chores instead of playing and do what a wife should do at night.
Date published: 2013-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Inspiring story And it gives really sufficient explanation on the Muslim culture
Date published: 2013-09-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced This book sure opened my eyes to the injustice that was done to this poor innocent Yemen girl. I still cannot understand how parents can have such disregard for their own flesh and blood. I am sure the Karan does not support this disgusting, primitive and barbaric treatment of children.
Date published: 2013-06-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from RN I am horrified that this pedophilia exists in todays times. I am shocked and disgusted that dirty old men marry children and think this is a proper marriage.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Help free little girls..... This nook has truly opened my eyes to the many injustices in this world. Child marriage is a serious issue in countriesvlike Yemen and India. Together we can make a difference; by purchasing one of these nooks you will gain an understanding of the issue and at the sametime donating to the cause of freeing theses children.
Date published: 2013-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Wake-up Call for western women An incredible bio [& if I had not been overseas in the 60s, I might not have believed it!]. This book should be read by all teenaged girls & their mothers. It is not an easy book to read, but it is so important to do so. As an anthropologist, I believe that we in the West cannot appreciate the situations in which women & children find themselves in the rest of the world. Don't let anyone say that it is due to religion...any reader of the Koran will find that women "have a price above rubies". We have an obligation to know what the situation is for women in other parts of the world and then to do something about it! This is a MUST-READ, please...
Date published: 2011-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Startling, Eye-Opening & Heartbreaking! The country of Yemen lays at the southernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, washed by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. Yemen is steeped in years of history, where “adobe turrets perch on the peaks of settled mountains”. Yemen is also the realm of the “Queen of Sheba” who was a woman that inflamed the heart of King Soloman with her strength and beauty. Yemen is beautiful and well known for its oil; they say their honey is worth its weight in gold; and archaeologists come to Yemen to study the architecture of its ruins. Yet Yemen has suffered through a series of civil wars and unified in 1990, but the nation still suffers from the old wounds left by those many conflicts. It leaves one to ponder just who makes the laws in this strange land, where many girls and boys beg in the streets instead of going to school. The President of Yemen often has his photograph displayed in windows of shops, but power also “lies with tribal chiefs in turbans who wield enormous authority in the villages, whether it’s a question of arms sales, marriage, or the commerce of khat (drug like substance chewed by the men).” But in Yemen homes, the law is laid down by fathers and brothers. And, so it was in this remarkable, turbulent country, barely 10 years ago, that a little girl named Nujood was born. She is a very tiny girl with parents and lots of brothers and sisters. Nujood loved to draw and colour and “fantasizes about being a sea turtle because she has never seen the ocean, and she shows her dimples when she smiles. But, in February 2008, her dimples suddenly disappeared when her father told her she “was going to marry a man three times her age!” Nujood was married off a few days later at the tender age of 9. The man who married her had promised NOT to have sexual relations with her until she reached puberty and had her first period, but of course, he did not keep that promise. As a result the torture, abuse, and constant rapes Nujood withstood is utterly heartbreaking at best. This is Nujood’s story. A story of unbelievable sadness, pain, guilt, shame, strength, and the courage of one little girl to change the future for herself and other girls her age. The proceeds from her book are going to finance her education in school, starting back in Grade 5. Please purchase this book and give this little girl what she truly deserves. The right to be educated and protected from those who seek to abuse her.
Date published: 2011-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unbelievable story! So sad that children in some parts of the world are having to endure this kind of abuse. What a brave little girl to have done what she did to expose this to the world at such a great risk to herself, very gutsy. I'm sure this is not the last we will hear from her! Remember her name Nujood... because I'm sure she is going to be an advocate for children's causes everywhere one of these days.
Date published: 2011-03-27

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Nujood, a Modern-Day HeroineOnce upon a time there was a magical land with legends as astonishing as its houses, which are adorned with such delicate tracery that they look like gingerbread cottages trimmed with icing. A land at the southernmost tip of the Arabian Peninsula, washed by the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean. A land steeped in a thousand years of history, where adobe turrets perch on the peaks of serried mountains. A land where the scent of incense wafts gaily aroundthe corners of the narrow cobblestone streets.This country is called Yemen.But a very long time ago, grown- ups gave it another name: Arabia Felix, Happy Arabia.For Yemen inspires dreams. It is the realm of the Queen of Sheba, an incredibly strong and beautiful woman who inflamed the heart of King Solomon and left her mark in the sacred pages of the Bible and the Koran. It is a mysterious place where men never appear in public without curved daggers worn proudly at their waists, while women hide their charms behind thick black veils.It is a land that lies along an ancient trade route, a country crossed by merchant caravans laden with fine fabrics, cinnamon, and other aromatic spices. These caravans journeyed on for weeks, sometimes months, never stopping, persevering through wind and rain, and the weakest travelers, the stories say, never came home again.To see Yemen in your mind’s eye, imagine a country a little larger than Syria, Greece, and Nepal all rolled into one, and diving headlong into the Gulf of Aden. Out there, in those tempestuous seas, pirates from many lands lie in wait for merchant ships plying their trades in India, Africa, Europe, and America.In centuries past, many invaders succumbed to the temptation to claim this lovely land for themselves. Ethiopians came ashore armed with their bows and arrows, but were swiftly driven away. Next came the Persians, with their bushy eyebrows, who constructed canals and fortresses and recruited various native tribes to fight off other invaders. The Portuguese then tried their luck, and set up trading outposts. The Ottomans, who later took up the challenge, heldsway in the country for more than a hundred years. Still later, the British, with their white skin, put into port in the south, in Aden, while the Turks set up shop in the north. And then, once the English were gone, Russians from colder climes set their sights upon the south. Like a cake fought over by greedy children, the country gradually split in two.Grown- ups say that this Arabia Felix has always been the object of envious desire because of its thousand and one treasures. Foreigners covet its oil; its honey is worth its weight in gold; the music of Yemen is captivating, its poetry gentle and refined, its spicy cuisine endlessly pleasing. From around the world, archeologists come to this country to study the architecture of its ruins.It has been years and years now since the invaders packed up their bags and left, but ever since their departure,Yemen has experienced a series of civil wars too complicated for the pages of children’s books. Unified in 1990, the nation still suffers from the wounds left by these many conflicts, like a sick old man, trying to get well, who has lost his bearings and must learn to walk again. Sometimes you even wonder who makes the law in this strange land,where many girls and boys beg in the streets instead of going to school.Yemen’s head of state is a president whose photograph often decorates the display windows of shops, but power in this country lies also with tribal chiefs in turbans who wield enormous authority in the villages, whether it’s a question of arms sales, marriage, or the commerce and culture of khat. Then there are those explosions in the capital, Sana’a, in the chic neighborhoods where the diplomatic representatives of foreign nations live, people who drive big carswith tinted windows. And in Yemeni homes, of course, the real law is laid down by fathers and older brothers.It was in this extraordinary and turbulent country, barely ten years ago, that a little girl named Nujood was born.A tiny wisp of a thing, Nujood is neither a queen nor a princess. She is a normal girl with parents and plenty of brothers and sisters. Like all children her age, she loves to play hide-and-seek and adores chocolate. She likes to make colored drawings and fantasizes about being a sea turtle, because she has never seen the ocean. When she smiles, a tiny dimple appears in her left cheek.One cold and gray February evening in 2008, however, that appealing and mischievous grin suddenly melted into bitter tears when her father told her that she was going to wed a man three times her age. It was as if the whole world had landed on her shoulders. Hastily married off a few days later, the little girl resolved to gather all her strength and try to escape her miserable fate. . . .1In CourtApril 2, 2008My head is spinning—I’ve never seen so many people in my whole life. In the yard outside the courthouse, a crowd is bustling around in every direction: men in suits and ties with bunches of yellowed files tucked under their arms; other men wearing the zanna, the traditional ankle- length tunic of the villages of northern Yemen; and then all thesewomen, shouting and weeping so loudly that I can’t understand a word.I’d love to read their lips to find out what they’re saying, but the niqabs that match their long black robes hide everything except their big, round eyes. The women seem furious, as if a tornado had just destroyed their houses. I try to listen closely. I can catch only a few words—childcare, justice, human rights—and I’m not really sure what they mean. Not far away from me is a broad- shouldered giant wearing his turban jammed down to his eyes; he’s carrying a plastic bag full of documents and telling anyone who will listen that he has come here to try to get back some land that was stolen from him. He’s dashing around like a frantic rabbit, and he almost runs right into me.What chaos . . . It must be like Al-Qa Square, the one in the heart of Sana’a where out-of-work laborers go, the place Aba—Papa—often talks about. There it’s every man for himself, and they all want to be the first to snag a job for the day at dawn, just after the first azaan, the traditional summons to prayer called out five times a day by the muezzins from the minarets of their mosques. Poor people are so hungry they’ve got stones where their hearts should be, andno time to feel pity for the fates of others. Still, I’d like so much for someone here to take my hand, to look at me with kindness. Won’t anyone listen to me, for once? It’s as if I were invisible. No one sees me: I’m too small for them; I barely come up to their tummies. I’m only ten years old, maybe not even that. Who knows?I’d imagined the courthouse differently: a calm, clean place, the great house where Good battles Evil, where you can fix all the problems of the world.I’d already seen some courtrooms on my neighbors’ television, with judges in long robes. People say they’re the ones who can help people in need. So I have to find one and tell him my story. I’m exhausted. It’s hot under my veil, I have a headache, and I’m so ashamed. . . . Am I strong enough to keep going?No. Yes. Maybe. . . . I tell myself it’s too late to turn back; the hardest part is over, and I have to go on.When I left my parents’ house early this morning, I promised myself not to set foot there again until I’d gotten what I wanted.“Off you go—buy some bread for breakfast,” my mother told me, giving me 150 Yemeni rials, worth about 75 cents.As a matter of course, I pinned up my long, curly brown hair under my black head scarf and covered my body with a black coat, which is what all Yemeni women wear out in public. Trembling, feeling faint, I walked only a short way before catching the first minibus that passed along the wide avenue leading into town, where I got off at the end of the line.Then, in spite of my fear, for the first time in my life I climbed all alone into a yellow taxi. Now this endless waiting in the courtyard. To whom should I speak? Unexpectedly, over by the steps leading up to the entrance hall of the big concrete building, I spot what look like a few friendly faces in the crowd: their cheeks dark with dust, three boys inplastic sandals are studying me carefully. They remind me of my little brothers.“Your weight, ten rials!” one of them calls out to me, shaking a battered old scale.“Some refreshing tea?” asks another, holding up a small basket full of steaming glasses.“Fresh carrot juice?” suggests the third boy, breaking into his nicest smile as he stretches out his right hand in the hope of earning a small coin.No thanks, I’m not thirsty, and what’s on my mind has nothing to do with how much I weigh. If they only knew what brings me here . . .Bewildered, helpless, I look up again into the faces of the many grown- ups hurrying past me. In their long veils, the women all look the same. What kind of a mess have I gotten myself into?Then I notice a man in a white shirt and black suit walking toward me. A judge, perhaps, or a lawyer? Well, it’s an opportunity, so here goes.“Excuse me, mister, I want to see the judge.”“The judge? Over that way, up the steps,” he replies, with hardly a glance at me, before vanishing back into the throng.I have no choice anymore: I must tackle the staircase now looming before me; it’s my last and only chance to get help. I feel dirty and ashamed, but I have to climb these steps, one by one, to go tell my story, to wade through this human flood that grows even bigger the closer I get to the vast entrance hall.I almost fall down, but I catch myself. I’ve cried so much that my eyes are dry. I’m tired. My feet feel like lead when I finally step onto the marble floor.But I mustn’t collapse, not now.On the white walls, like the ones in a hospital, I can see writing in Arabic, but no matter how I try, I can’t manage to read the inscriptions. I was forced to leave school during my second year, right before my life became a nightmare, and aside from my first name, Nujood, I can’t write much, which really embarrasses me.Looking around, I spy a group of men in olivegreen uniforms and kepis. They must be policemen, or else soldiers; one of them has a Kalashnikov slung over his shoulder. I’m shaking—if they see me, they might arrest me. A little girl running away from home, that just isn’t done. Trembling, I discreetly latch on to the first passing veil, hoping to get the attention of the unknown woman it conceals. A tiny voice inside me whispers, Go on, Nujood! It’s true you’re only a girl, but you’re also a woman, and a real one, even though you’re still having trouble accepting that.“I want to talk to the judge.”Two big eyes framed in black stare at me in surprise; the lady in front of me hadn’t seen me approach her.“What?”“I want to talk to the judge.”Is she not understanding me on purpose, so she can ignore me more easily, like the others?“Which judge are you looking for?”“I just want to speak to a judge, that’s all!”“But there are lots of judges in this courthouse.”“Take me to a judge—it doesn’t matter which one!”She stares at me in silence, astonished by my determination.Unless it’s my shrill little cry that has frozen her solid.I’m a simple village girl whose family had to move to the capital, and I have 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.Inside of me I have been soiled, contaminated—it’s as if part of myself has been stolen from me. No one has the right to keep me from seeking justice.It’s my last chance, so I’m not going to give up easily. And this surprised stare, which feels as cold as the marble of the great hall where my cry now echoes strangely, will not make me keep quiet. It’s almost noon; I’ve been wandering desperately in this labyrinth of a courthouse for hours. I want to see the judge!“Follow me,” the woman finally says, gesturing for me to walk along behind her.The door opens onto a room with brown carpeting. It’s full of people, and at the far end, behind a desk, a thin-faced man with a mustache busily replies to the barrage of questions coming at him from all directions.It’s the judge, at last.The atmosphere is noisy, but reassuring. I feel safe. I recognize, in a place of honor on a wall, a framed photograph of Amm Ali, “Uncle Ali”: that’s what I’ve been taught in school to call the president of our country, Ali Abdullah al- Saleh, who was elected more than thirty years ago.Outside, the muezzin issues the midday call to prayer as I sit down, like everyone else, in one of the brown armchairs lined up along the wall. Around meI catch glimpses of familiar faces—or, rather, familiar eyes—from the angry crowd in the courtyard. Certain faces lean toward me in a strange way. They’ve finally realized that I exist! It’s about time. Comforted, I rest my head against the back of the chair and patiently await my turn.If God exists, I say to myself, then let Him come save me. I have always recited the five required daily prayers. During Eid al- Fitr, when we celebrate the end of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, I dutifully help my mother and sisters with all the cooking. I’m basically a very good girl. Oh, God, have pity on me! My mind is dizzy with images that come and go. . . . I’m swimming; the sea is calm. Then the water becomes choppy. I catch sight of my brother Fares off in the distance, but I can’t go to him. When I call to him, he doesn’t hear me, so I begin shoutinghis name. Then gusts of wind blow me backward toward the shore. I struggle, whirling my hands around like propellers—I’m not going to let myself be driven all the way back to where I started, but I’m so close to the shore now, and I’ve lost sight of Fares. . . . Help! I don’t want to go back to Khardji, no, I don’t want to go back there!“And what can I do for you?”A man’s voice rouses me from my dozing. It is a curiously gentle voice, with no need to be loud to attract my attention, simply whispering a few words: “And what can I do for you?” At last someone has come to my rescue. I rub my face and recognize, standing tall there in front of me, the judge with the mustache. The crowd has gone, the eyes have disappeared, and the room is almost empty. I have not replied, so the man tries again.“What do you want?”This time I answer promptly.“I want a divorce!”

Bookclub Guide

1. Honor is obviously very important to the men of Nujood’s family. What does the notion of honor mean in rural Yemeni culture, and how does it differ from Western ideas of honor? When Nujood, Shada, and their allies go to court to seek a divorce for Nujood, what conception of honor are they defending?2. Nujood mentions a tribal proverb that says “To guarantee a happy marriage, marry a nine-year-old girl.” How does this traditional view of a “happy marriage” differ from the Western view? Are there any ways in which they might be similar?3. Nujood says that when her family was driven from Khardji, they lost “a small corner of paradise.” How do the injustices endured by Nujood’s father and brother, Fares, show that life in a patriarchal society can be hard not just for women, but for male Yemenis, too? Consider how the actions of Omma, Mona, Nujood’s mother- in- law, Dowla, and Shada reflect differences in their life experiences, personalities, backgrounds, and relationships with Nujood. For example:4. What do you think Omma was thinking when Nujood told her about the abuse? Can you understand her lack of action?5. Conversely, why was Dowla willing and able to give Nujood the help and advice that no one else was willing to provide?6. Were you surprised when one of Nujood’s primary oppressors turned out to be a woman? Nujood’s mother-in-law is a strong personality who treats the young girl harshly and fails to come to her defense on her wedding night. How does this play, paradoxically, into the idea of Yemen as a highly patriarchal society? Do you see any similarity, for example, between the mother- in- law’s behavior and the fact that in some African societies, it is the women who enforce the practice of female circumcision?7. How do you interpret the behavior of Mona, not only in her attempts to protect Nujood, but in her difficult relationship with her older sister, Jamila?8. What enables Shada to take up Nujood’s cause so quickly and effectively? How does Shada, whom Nujood calls her “second mother,” open up Nujood’s world? Who else teaches Nujood about what a “real” family can be like?9. The urban elites Nujood encounters in the courtroom and at the Yemen Times lead very different lives from those of Nujood and the country people of Yemen. How are these “enlightened” people actually disconnected from the rest of their society? For example, Nujood tells us several times that child marriage is common in Yemen, so why did the judges seem so shocked by Nujood’s tender age? Do you think they were unaware of their society’s problem with early marriage, or were they simply blind to the real-life consequences for girls like Nujood? Was there something special about Nujood that prompted the judges to help her, or was she simply the first girl who had come to them asking for a divorce?10. Shada and Nujood chose the less “elitist” option for Nujood’s schooling. Do you think Nujood made the right decision—to stay in Yemen for her education? Do you think she will become a lawyer and help other girls like herself, as she says she hopes to do? Closer to home, Nujood talks about her protective feelings toward her sisters Mona and Haïfa, and even toward her big brother Fares. Do you think Nujood will be able to protect her siblings? What might stand in her way?11. How has the international publicity surrounding the divorce affected Nujood’s family and community? Has it enlightened her relatives and neighbors? Or do you think it may have caused dissension within the family and alienated them from their own society?12. Khat plays a small but sinister role in Nujood’s story. Khat is illegal in the United States, but some people in immigrant communities compare it to coffee and support its important traditional role in social situations. U.S. authorities counter that it is more like cocaine than coffee. After reading this book, what effect do you think khat has on its users and on Yemen in general? Do you feel that it contributed to Nujood’s father’s problems? If so, how? How do you think its use and effects might compare to social drugs in the United States? And most important, what does it tell us about any society that devotes so much of its valuable resources to tuning out from itself, so to speak?

Editorial Reviews

“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