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Grade 4 – 6 Readers for English Home Language: Spilled Water

Spilled Water

Spilled Water

by Sally Grindley


  • Recommended class reader for grades 4 – 6
  • English Home Language & First Additional Language
  • Pages: 224
  • ISBN: 9780747571469

This story takes place in modern-day China, where one girl’s bravery overcomes circumstances that are extraordinary from a Western point-of-view.

On the day that her uncle takes her to be sold to the highest bidder, eleven-year-old Lu Si-Yan learns what it really means to be born a girl in her culture: to be worth nothing more than a little spilled water.

Torn from her family, she is taken to the smog-wrapped tower blocks and factories of the big city. There she is destined to become a servant to a wealthy family, and someday to marry their son.

But Lu Si-Yan is not going to spend her life in servitude. Determined to return to her beloved mother and brother, she embarks on an epic journey to escape and find her way home.

With a brilliant first-person narrative and a powerful description of time and place, this novel is gripping, heart-wrenching and utterly mesmerising.

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Review of Spilled Water by Sally Grindley .

“Spilled Water” is a novel written by Sally Grindley. It tells the story of a young girl named Jialing who lives in China and is forced to leave her family and work in a factory as a bonded laborer. The story follows Jialing as she struggles to survive in the harsh conditions of the factory and her longing to return home.

One of the strengths of “Spilled Water” is its powerful and emotional storytelling. The author does a great job of capturing the struggles and emotions of Jialing and the other characters. The reader can feel Jialing’s longing for her family and the sense of hopelessness as she faces the difficult conditions of the factory. The book also deals with serious issues like child labor, poverty, and human trafficking, and it is written in a way that is accessible to children.

The author also does a great job of bringing the setting of China to life, with vivid descriptions of the landscape, culture, and customs. This allows the reader to gain a deeper understanding of Jialing’s life and the world she lives in.

The novel is suitable for readers aged 9 to 12, it is a great choice for parents and educators looking for a book that deals with important social issues in a way that is accessible to children. The story is emotionally powerful and will resonate with young readers as it deals with themes such as family, friendship, and perseverance.

Overall, “Spilled Water” is a well-written and emotionally powerful novel that deals with important social issues in a way that is accessible to children. It is a great choice for readers looking for a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful read.

“Spilled Water” by Sally Grindley is a novel that is most suitable for readers aged 9 to 12.