The Paper House


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Life is hard for ten-year-old Safiyah in the Kibera slum outside Nairobi. Too poor to go to school, she makes a meager living for herself and her grandmother Cucu by selling things she finds at the garbage dump. After using scavenged paper to fix up the inside of the hut, Safiyah starts a mural on the outside. As word of the paper house spreads, Safiyah begins to take pride in her creation. When Cucu collapses after a fire, Safiyah stays at the hospital to help care for her grandmother. While Safiyah is away, her friend Pendo works on the mural, which upsets Safiyah. But when Pendo attracts media attention to the paper house, Safiyah and her grandmother are given a chance of a better life.



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Published 01 April 2012
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EAN13 9781459800533
Language English

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The Paper House
ORCA BOOK PUBLISHERSText copyright © 2012 Lois Peterson
All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or
by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording or by any
information storage and retrieval system now known or to be invented, without permission in
writing from the publisher.
Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing in Publication
Peterson, Lois J.,
1952The paper house [electronic resource] / Lois Peterson.
(Orca young readers)
Electronic monograph.
Issued also in print format.
ISBN 978-1-4598-0052-6 (PDF).--ISBN 978-1-4598-0053-3 (EPUB)
I. Title. II. Series: Orca young readers (Online)
PS8631.E832P36 2012 JC813'.6 C2011-907768-X
First published in the United States, 2012
Library of Congress Control Number: 2011943725
Summary: A mural on a tin shack brings hope and happiness to a girl in the slums of Nairobi.
Orca Book Publishers is dedicated to preserving the environment and has printed this book on
®paper certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Orca Book Publishers gratefully acknowledges the support for its publishing programs
provided by the following agencies: the Government of Canada through the Canada Book
Fund and the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Province of British Columbia through the
BC Arts Council and the Book Publishing Tax Credit.
Cover artwork by Scott Plumbe
PO BOX 5626, Stn. B PO BOX 468
Victoria, BC Canada Custer, WA USA
V8R 6S4 98240-0468
Printed and bound in Canada.15 14 13 12 • 4 3 2 1For Shelley and Mohammed,
and their nephews Harrison and Isaiah.