Spotty Dopey Blurb Suppose, for argument’s sake, that there was this girl who was born multi-talented: unbelievably sharp intellect, gifted hands, a lovely voice, and not at all bad to look at. Suppose also that that child had the misfortune of having the most sensitive skin ever, leaving her prone to the most painful breakouts of lesions, leaving her blotched and blighted. And what if that was just the least of her worries? What if her family was dysfunctional, her daily commute grueling and her slumber interrupted by ghosts?! What if we were also to imagine that she had this rare and terrible affliction – a sporadic affliction that came from out of nowhere and engulfed everything: her pride, her confidence, and her hopes? What, do you suppose, would become of such a child? Would she be called a leper? Would she be ridiculed, rejected and thwarted? Or embraced in spite of her maladies? How would her natural talents and inclinations fare up against the rigors of circumstance? Would nature trump nurture, or would environment be too formidable a foe? Enough with the suppositions. Open this book and find out!
<p>Mahakoe introduces us to a character that teaches us a valuable lesson in grit, triumph, and overcoming adversity. In a world that sometimes shames difference, Mahakoe weaves a story that makes us question our own views of the world and how we treat others. This is a great read for all those who want to get back in touch with their feisty and empathetic selves.</p>