Reviewed By Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers’ Favorite

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5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Margaret H. Essebaggers Dopirak was a missionary child, an MK or Missionary Kid. Her parents were missionaries in India in the 1930s and after World War II, tending to the sick and the poor, including those with the dreaded disease of leprosy. In fact, Margaret, or Margie as her friends and family called her, was born in India and spent most of her growing up years in various disease-ridden and destitute parts of the country until she was sent to the MK boarding school at Highclerc (or Kodai School), situated in the South India Palani Hills. 

Her experiences in India included many joys and sorrows and lots of frightening episodes, like the cockroaches that tried to eat her alive on her train ride home from school, or the countless fever-induced illnesses that she endured during her childhood. But, there were friendships forged that lasted a lifetime, and family bonding was stronger than one would see in most families. 

. . . . This is a touching memoir of life as a missionary child in pre and post World War II India.

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