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Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok
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Mar 24, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: 5-star, top-10-of-2011
Read from April 07 to 08, 2011

When Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate to the US from China they expect a better life. Speaking little English they find themselves living in a squalid apartment and working in a sweatshop in Chinatown. Kimberly always excelled in school and once she grasps the English language she excels in the US as well. She is even awarded a full scholarship to a prestigious private middle and high school. But, Kimberly quickly learns that straddling these two worlds is hard work. By day she struggles with social interactions in school and in the evenings she helps her mother work at the factory so they can afford to live. Just when it seems like all Kimberly's dreams are about to come true her path suddenly veers off course. She will have to make an incredibly difficult choice that will determine her future. A heart-breaking, yet wonderfully written story of family, love, and choices.

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