Hardcover, 96 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Charlesbridge
- Rickshaw Girl is set in Dhaka, Bangladesh and tells the story of Naima whose father pulls a rickshaw for a living. Things are tough, they are poor, and Naima hears people often say things would have been had Naima or her sister been boys because boys can help earn money and support the family while girls can’t.
- Naima decides to dress up as a boy (after an incident involving the brand new rickshaw) and earn some money for their family. She makes her way to the rickshaw repair shop in order to bargain with the owner for a job.
- Only the owner isn’t who she thinks it is. The identity of the owner opens up a whole new world of possibilities and Naima realizes that her ability to help, her contribution to her family, isn’t limited by her gender.
- This book is written simply which serves to delineate the complexity of life and emotions the characters experience.
- I love the affection Naima’s family members show to each other and it reminded me that kindness is more valuable than anything money can buy.
- Rickshaw Girl shows feminism in a different way–intersectionality for the win.
- The hint of romance within the boundaries Naima’s world places around her was interesting too.
- The book is great for both younger readers who will follow Naima’s story easily and older readers who will read between the lines and see the complexity of her life at a greater depth.
- This book is great for cultural studies or just a read to find how other girls live.
- It’s also going to be a movie.