The Girl With No Name

The Girl With No Name

The True Story of A Girl Who Lived With Monkeys

Book - 2013
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The riveting account of a girl who was abandoned in the jungle and lived among monkeys

In the early 1950s, in a remote mountain village in South America, as a small girl Marina Chapman was abducted while picking pea pods near her home. Her kidnappers then abandoned her deep in the Colombia jungle, and for approximately the next five years she lived with a troop of capuchin monkeys, eating what they ate, copying what they did, and gradually becoming feral.

Eventually, she was taken from the jungle by a pair of hunters and sold as a slave to a couple in the town of Cucuta who beat and tortured her. After she managed to escape, she spent several years as a street child before being taken in by a family of criminals. Finally, a sympathetic neighbour arranged for her to go live with her daughter in safety in Bogota.

The Girl with No Name tells this spellbinding story in vivid detail-from the enchantment of the shady garden where Marina was kidnapped to the dappled darkness of her jungle home to the hunger, poverty, and pain of her existence in Cucuta. The book also offers a rare and fascinating glimpse into the world of capuchin monkeys. This is a unique and inspiring story of abandonment, despair, and eventual happiness.

Publisher: Vancouver : Greystone Books, ©2013
ISBN: 9781771001175
Branch Call Number: 155.4567092 CHA 2013
Characteristics: 256 pages : illustratons

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The novel reads with ease and simplicity; author’s choice of diction creates a vivid picture out of everything.

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SurreyLibraries_Reads Nov 21, 2018

It’s one of those books that you may wish you haven’t started reading (it can be painful to read some parts of this book), but then, all of a sudden- you can’t let go of it. It’s suspensefully captivating.

The book, written by Marina Chapman, is based on a true survival story of Marina, who wa... Read More »


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FoxLarkin
Mar 31, 2019

Astounding, a life, unimaginable-of all of the survival stories I've read, this is at the top of my list-how a 5 year old girl had the wherewithal to figure out how to survive in a jungle is beyond amazing. The rest of her story is equally unbelievable. It is her vision that kept her alive.

It’s one of those books that you may wish you haven’t started reading (it can be painful to read some parts of this book), but then, all of a sudden- you can’t let go of it. It’s suspensefully captivating.

The book, written by Marina Chapman, is based on a true survival story of Marina, who was kidnapped at the age of 5, and abandoned in the jungles of Colombia. Miraculously, Marina lived on and found a ‘family’ in a troop of monkeys that she befriended. One day, everything changes and Marina returns back to civilization, yet she faces a lot of trials and great misfortunes.

Regardless of all the challenges depicted in the book, there is always optimism and something good invisibly present at all times. The beauty of this narrative is in how strong the main character turns out to be and although Marina is quite agnostic, there is a powerful presence of faith and hope throughout her life’s journey. It’s a story of not giving up, discovering the world, and building oneself from scratch. The novel reads with ease and simplicity; author’s choice of diction creates a vivid picture out of everything. (Submitted by Mariya)

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IV27HUjg
Jul 21, 2017

Not rated. I'm can imagine the portrayal of how street kids live is accurate, they learn survival tactics. Trafficking bodies continues today. This ended up being one very fortunate child.

monini Mar 31, 2017

This story is so amazing and inspiring....couldn't put it down. I hope the author will write a sequel.

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ktwv
Feb 01, 2017

This is a good book, such an interesting story. I only heard about it after an interview on CBC.

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Marge2015
Apr 14, 2016

One of the better books I've read in a long time. I don't often pick up biographies but this was well worth it. The main character is memorable and inspiring, clean and straight forward, def recommend this to anyone from 12 up.

d2013 Aug 25, 2014

Very descriptive and an incredible true story! I loved how she, through imitation, learned how to feed herself, make herself a soft bed with moss and how Granpa Capuchin saved her from death. How she learned to make paint and jewelry and decorate her tree trunk. How she survived is a miracle!

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sharonlesliesmith
Aug 17, 2014

Absolutely captures your attention as you follow an incredible and often harrowing journey of a young girl with insights into the reality of survival, street life and issues of rural and big city South America which.are as mind boggling as they are real. I could not put it down.

spanishbarrie Aug 11, 2013

This story is unbelievable but credibly written. The ghost writer used the thorough research of the credited author's daughter. It is an easy read but well written where you can visualize the events being described. It does make you feel a range of emotions including a certain hate for our species who treat their fellow human being with such distain. This is a story you'll definitely read in a day or two as you don't want to put the book down.

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Raun
Jul 24, 2013

Agree w ef434 - incredible yet one believes. A great read but not without lots of sad parts. Between "us" and the monkeys, whose side would you want to be on ? very thought provoking.

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