Saturday, June 29, 2013
The Girl With No Name: The Incredible True Story of a Child Raised by Monkeys by Marina Chapman, Lynne Barrett-Lee
Marina's story is an interesting one. At age 4 she was kidnapped and then abandoned in the jungle in Columbia. I am not sure why someone would kidnap and then abandon her. Anyway, she lived with a group of monkeys for 5 years and became feral. When she finally saw some humans and chose to leave the jungle with them, they were wild animal traffickers who sold her to a woman who ran a brothel. Luckily, she was young and still acted like a monkey and none of the men were interested in her yet. When they became interested in her, she ran away and lived in the streets with other orphaned and abandoned children until she got a "job" as a slave working for a mafia family - not a step up, and then was finally rescued by a kindly neighbor.
This book ends when Marina turns 14 and there is supposed to be a sequel telling about the rest of her life coming out.