The Blue Notebook

The Blue Notebook

A Novel

Book - 2009 | First edition
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Batuk, an Indian girl, is taken to Mumbai from the countryside and sold into prostitution by her father; the blue notebook is her diary, in which she recalls her early childhood, records her life on the Common Street, and makes up beautiful and fantastic tales about a silver-eyed leopard and a poor boy who fells a giant with a single gold coin.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Spiegel & Grau, 2009
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385528719
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 206 pages ; 22 cm


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Batuk’s innocence is lost at the age of nine when she is sold into prostitution by her father. Living in a cage on the streets of Mumbai, she escapes her miseries by recording her experiences and her hopes in a blue notebook.

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Jun 20, 2013

The Blue Notebook is not a gentle or even satisfying read, this book will disgust, horrify and leave you feeling sad and haunted but it is an imporant story and one that many people should read. Child exploitation is a global issue and it takes books like this one to shine a light into the darkness.

Jan 05, 2011

The Blue Notebook is a heartbreakingly honest story. Levine doesn't spare the reader any details through Batuk's journal writings. Though poignant, readers should be aware that her story is at times disturbing and graphic. I would not recommend this novel for younger readers. Beautifully told, Batuk's story represents the multitude of young girls like her across the world. Prepare to be moved and have your heart broken for injustice. Well done, Levine.

Dec 16, 2010

I thought this book felt very honest. Some parts were very disturbing and heart breaking but the strength the writer gives to this unfortunate young girl is absolutely remarkable. It's a quick read and well worth it.

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