Spilled Water Book Summary and Study Guide

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Lu Si-Yan is an 11-year-old farm girl in China. Her family is very poor, and when her father dies, her rich uncle must take care of them. He sells her as a servant to a wealthy city family who wants her to marry their mentally-handicapped son when she is old enough. However, when the grandmother finds out that this is what her daughter-in-law has in store for Lu Si-Yan, she gives her money and helps her escape.
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Unfortunately, once outside, Lu Si-Yan's money is stolen, and she goes to work at a factory for extremely low pay. She wants to earn enough money not only to afford the boat-ride home, but to take back to her poor mother. But can she do it with a crooked employer who manipulates her pay rate, and will she survive the hard labor, long hours, poor conditions, and little food?
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   2000+ (Present Day) Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   struggling to earn a living to survive Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Chinese Other aspects:    -   story of the poor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   servant Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China Water?    -   Yes City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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