The Diary Of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma YanThe Diary Of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl by Ma Yan

The Diary Of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl

byMa Yan

Paperback | June 23, 2009

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"I'm so hungry, I could eat anything. Anything at all."

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 for Ma Yan, money is scarce, and the low wages paid for backbreaking work aren't always enough to pay school fees . . . or even to provide enough food for herself and her family.

Ma Yan's heart-wrenching, honest diary chronicles her struggle to escape hardship through her persistent, sometimes desperate, attempts to continue her schooling. Its publication was an international sensation, creating an outpouring of support for this courageous teenager and others like her . . . all due to one ordinary girl's extraordinary diary.

Ma Yan is a teenager from Ningxia, China. She was thirteen and fourteen when she wrote these diary entries. Now sixteen, Ma Yan hopes to attend a university: "I want to study journalism," says Ma Yan. "My purpose is to keep the whole world informed, to report the poverty and real life in this area."
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Title:The Diary Of Ma Yan: The Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese SchoolgirlFormat:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 7.62 × 5.12 × 0.38 inPublished:June 23, 2009Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060764988

ISBN - 13:9780060764982

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“A compelling, heartbreaking story of poverty, deprivation, and hope.”