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The Fattening Hut

"Helen doesn't want to stay in the fattening hut. She's told her mother that she's too young, not ready for it. Why must she marry so soon? She doesn't want to gorge on rich meals for months—until she is round and heavy, like a good bride should be. Just like her mother and sister before her, just like all the women of her tribe. When she finds out the terrible secret the fattening hut harbors, she becomes even more confused and defiant. Lonely, scared, and feeling hemmed in by family, by culture, and by tradition, Helen fights for the chance to be educated, young, and free."  jacket copy.Houghton Mifflin & Co.

Winner of Boston Author's Club Julia Ward Howe Award for the 2004 best book for children 

A Booksense 76 pick for 2003-2004 

A NYPL choice for Books for the Teen Age 2003 

One of the Grolier forty best young adult novels for 2003 

Elected to the 2005 Amelia Bloomer Project list