Rubina Ali, who played the youngest Latika in Slumdog Millionaire, will be publishing a book about her life, according to the AP. Called Slumgirl Dreaming: My Journey to the Stars, the book will be published on July 16th by Transworld Publishers in Britain and Random House Children's Books in the U.S. It will tell the story of the 9-year-old's life in the Mumbai slum in which she has spent her life and her trip to the Oscars this year. All royalties will go to Ali and the French medical-aid charity, Medecins du Monde.First of all, she’s 9, can probably barely write. Nine puts her around third grade. Apparently she not only writes, she can write quickly since it’s coming out next month.
Second of all, she’s only 9. How much of a life story does she have to tell?
Third of all, she was found in the slums of Mumbai, but is giving some of the royalties to a charity? I mean, that’s generous, but my guess is she and her family could use every penny of the royalties.
Seriously, though, no matter what the PR piece says, she’s not writing this book herself. So who is? Will it be a children’s book? Will it have an adult’s voice since an adult is most likely writing it?
But wait! There’s an answer to my question. Not only can Rubina write. She can write for children and for adults.
Slumgirl Dreaming: My Journey to the Stars will be published simultaneously in adult and children's editions …I think it’s clear that someone else is writing the book. That’s not a big deal. She’s nine, after all. But why does no one say that? Why isn’t the actual writer getting any credit? Are the publishers thinking people will think she took up a red crayon and penned her life story? Do they think her story will mean less if they admit there was a ghost writer or a writer for hire?