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Mountain Girl River Girl

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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 Canada
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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
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
Jan Wallace
This was a wonderful book. I spent five days cruising the Yangtze River this year, among the Tujia and Miao people, exactly where the two girls in this novel grew up. In addition to being an absorbing read, the novel also gave me a glimpse inside the lives of migrant workers in China.
Jul 14, 2013 Jenny rated it 4 of 5 stars
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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
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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.
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.
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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