Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Girl in Translation

Girl in Translation
by Jean Kwok

Eleven-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to the US. They don’t know the language or the culture and owe a great debt to the relative who brought them here. Their new life includes a squalid Brooklyn apartment with no heat, and hard labor in a Chinatown sweatshop.

Kim is an excellent student and knows that her education will be their way out of poverty. She is a student by day and sweatshop worker on evenings and weekends. With a foot in both worlds, Kim learns the language and the culture. But she is still a girl and has to experience peer pressure, teen angst and first love.

A moving story about immigration, triumph and heartbreak. I highly recommend it.

- Dixie

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