When her husband dies, Lu Si-yan's mother is encouraged to sell her young daughter into domestic service. Lu Si-yan is just eleven when sold by her uncle. Nearly two years will pass before she can get back home to her mother and brother. In this powerful and compelling novel Sally Grindley portrays the life of a young girl in China, a young girl whose life is said to be like 'spilled water'. With a brilliant first-person narrative and a powerful description of time and place, this novel is gripping, heart-wrenching and utterly mesmerising.
"I read this book as a child and always remembered what it...If you're looking for a book that will bring you to tears in an instant, bring you moments of hopeful joy, leave you heartbroken and bring moments of rage at the injustice then this book is for you. It's beautifully worded and an amazing read. The story will never leave you!" Goodreads Review
- Ages: 8 to 12 years
- Hardback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Blackbirds
- Language: English
- Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 1.4 x 12.9 cm