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Mountain Girl River Girl

3.53  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Pan-pan and Shui-lian, two teenage girls born miles apart in modern-day rural China, leave home with dreams of a better future in Beijing or Shanghai. As dreams turn slowly into nightmares, they cross paths and decide to face their challenges together. This is a powerful tale of friendship and a stark, authentic portrait of modern China.
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 15th 2008 by Puffin
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Mountain Girl, River Girl, is a tale of two Chinese girls looking for a better life. They set their destinations to Beijing and Shanghai, respectively. But in a series of events, Pan Pan (the Mountain girl) and Shui-Lian (the River Girl) meet and their journey is changed forever.

What I love most about the book is how real and raw it is. It portraits life in China when you're poor, and unfortunately, that's how the majority of Chinese are. The author made their journey a rough one, and maybe ther
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Set in modern-day China, this is the story of two courageous young women who leave their small villages to follow their dreams. Pan-pan embarks on a journey to Beijing after learning that she has inherited a condition called ‘fox stink’ from her mother. Feeling hurt and ashamed, she manages to display her great strength of spirit by choosing to act on her life-long desire to see more of the world, to go to the capital city and get a job. Meanwhile, feisty, quick-tempered Shuilian flees from her ...more
Apr 08, 2016 Danielle rated it liked it
I read this book when it first came out in 2008, meaning at the time I was in the 8th grade and probably didn't appreciate or understand it as much as I would have if I were older. But I saw this title come up and it brought back memories of binge reading it in one weekend the summer before I started high school, and I do remember really liking it.
Tracy Chen
Jun 15, 2016 Tracy Chen rated it really liked it
This is a moving story about friendship and dreams.
Pan-pan is from mountains, going to Beijing.
Shui-lian is from rivers, going to Shanghai.
They suffer a lot on their own journal; they are quite different but at the same time they have so many things in common; and they become friends, willing to find their future in Beijing.
Jul 08, 2008 Kira rated it really liked it
Overall for this book "Mountain Girl,River Girl" i said i really liked it. Why? Because this awesome story, holds your interest with its two man characters basically showing what life is like for those in China. When the two girls leave their normal life in search of a better future, without poverty etc...they get pulled into the sweat shops. This book gave a little more information to what goes on in these sweat shops where most of our societies "things" comes from. It was a great new journey t ...more
Jun 22, 2015 David rated it liked it
So so does give some interesting insights into modern China.
Jul 14, 2013 Jenny rated it really liked it
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I will be adding this to my social justice section of my classroom library. I provides insight for young adults into life in another country and where some "stuff" we buy comes from. I appreciated the Author's Note at the end explaining the "condition" of one of the characters. I thought it was unbelievable at first, so I did some research and learned some extra facts about China; hopefully my students will too.
Maria (Ri)
Great and heart-wrenching story of two young rural Chinese girls making their fortune in the big city. I really enjoyed the relationship between the two girls. This book also made me think about the impact of my own choices on people around the world. At times the story felt a bit too heavy handed in its political message, but mostly it was a powerful story revealing a world I am nearly completely unfamiliar with.
Sue Q
Jan 11, 2013 Sue Q rated it it was amazing
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Ebook borrowed from the Ontario Library Service

Loved it! Wish it was longer though. Will also probably check out other books by this author.
Apr 29, 2012 Mona rated it it was ok
Shelves: oriental-fiction
This book is so insipid I can't even be inspired to write a proper biting review. If books were meant to be feasts, this one would translate into a muddy, gritty nibble.
Feb 07, 2013 Keanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not my favourite read, or one I am jumping out of my skin to re-read, but definitely an eyeopening story.
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Ting-xing Ye, author of the best-selling memoir, A Leaf in the Bitter Wind, was born in Shanghai, China, in 1952, the fourth of five children born to a factory owner and his wife. At sixteen she was “sent down” to a prison farm during the Cultural Revolution, spending six years there before being admitted to Beijing University. She took a degree in English Literature, then began a seven year caree ...more
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