I am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced

by Nujood Ali with Delphine Minoui

Author's Purpose

The purpose of the authors, Nujood Ali and Delphine Minoui, is share the story of Nujood's divorce to the world and to bring attention to the situations of other young girls in the Middle East.

Aspects of Culture

  • Child marriages
  • Eating on the floor of their house
  • Women wearing veils
  • Religion (Praying 5 times a day)
  • Men carry daggers

Elements of Voice

Diction- She uses mostly informal diction to tell her story, which makes sense because she is 10. The descriptive words she uses are dark and depressing which represents how she feels.

Imagery- She uses vivid and specific details to describe her pain and her memories which allows you to form and image of what it was like and 'step into her shoes' so to speak.

Tone- The tone changes as the book goes along. At the beginning the tone is more positive and happy as she talks about her childhood, her mother, and her friend from school. But as she gets older and things get worse, specifically when her brother runs away, the tone shifts and becomes more negative. Throughout most the book the tone is very negative. At the end of the book as she gets justice and is given the divorce the tone returns to the same happy and positive one from the beginning.

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Effect of the Structure of the Novel

The way the novel is set up is Nujood telling you in first person what her experiences were like using specific details and imagery. It starts with Nujood at the courthouse asking the judge to help her get a divorce. It goes back and forth between the present, her court case, and her past memories and experiences. After her divorce she talks about her outlook for the future and how she realizes that she wasn't alone and that many other girls in Yemen are in the same situation she was.

Vocabulary Acquisition

  • Zanna- traditional ankle length tunic of Northern Yemen
  • Niqab- a veil that covers the face, in which only the eyes can be seen.
  • Jambia- dagger
  • Khardji- outside
  • Sharaf- honor
  • Wahesh- monster
  • Beint- Girl
Nujood Ali 10 years old from Yemen got divorce..flv


Sheffer.Joe."Yemen's Youngest Divorcee says Father Has Squandered Cash From Her Book." Theguardian.com.Guardian News and Media. Web. 02 April. 2016


"Delphine Minoui on Writing I Am Nujood, Age 10 and Divorced." readitforward.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Apr. 2016. <delphine-minoui-on-writing-i-am-nujood-age-10-and-divorced>.