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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

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Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart.

Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when h
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Harper
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Deborah Rusch No, I think he is simply an evolved man with a. heart overflowing with love and empathy.
Kelly R This is beautifully written but very very sad. I think the details of Chika's hospitalizations and medical treatments would be a bit much for a 9 and …moreThis is beautifully written but very very sad. I think the details of Chika's hospitalizations and medical treatments would be a bit much for a 9 and 10 year old, and are written for a more adult audience. (less)

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Elyse  Walters
Don't even get me started on why I wasn't going to read this book -- but as I told my friend Ceecee -- I was a turd...a snob - a turd...I was wrong!
I listend to the Audibook...(highly suggest the audiobook -Mitch does things that are not in the physical book)

The mind can fight all it wants to -- be righteous -- be a snob -- but the heart doesn't lie!!!
ANYONE who listens to this Audiobook and feels 'nothing' has a heart made of tin.

I was wrong!!! soooo wrong were my pre-conceived thoughts.

Not o
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Current location: Michigan

Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.
--Dr. John Trainer

Ah, children. They wake us, they make us, they break us.

Some of us ruin our bodies, our marriages and our minds in the effort to have kids.

Some of us aren't even the least bit inspired to have them.

Others, like Mitch Albom, fall somewhere in between.

Mr. Albom, a long-time Michigander and the well-known author of Tuesdays with Morrie, describ
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

[Angel of Hope, © Karen Tarlton]

Heart-breaking yet heart-warming.

”Such a dazzling little package you were.”


This is the story of Chika Jeune. Chika was born in Haiti, three days before the 2010 earthquake that destroyed much of the country and an estimated 250,000 people died. After her mother dies giving birth to Chika`s brother, Chika is adopted by the Haiti Orphanage. The author Mitch and his wife Janine become the legal guardians of Chika.

Mar 20, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Mitch Albom is going to have a new book and no one here except me on goodreads is hyped for it ??!
”Hopelessness can be contagious. But hope can be, too, and there is no medicine to match it. Chika’s believing in us helped us believe in ourselves.”

In the late 90s, a friend gave me a copy of Mitch Albom’s “Tuesdays With Morrie,” and when I saw that he had another new memoir coming out, I knew I wanted to read this one, and put my name on the list at my library.

The lessons he learned with Morrie, an old professor, are very different from the ones he learns from Chika, a young girl whose lif
Aj the Ravenous Reader
There was a time when I thought Mitch Albom was losing his magic touch because it seemed like after reading Tuesdays with Morrie, every single book he released next seemed to pale in comparison until Finding Chika and I’m so glad I decided to pick this up.

I doubt it's easy to write about your own philanthropy but then again Mr.Albom wasn't really writing about his good deeds. He was writing about Chika and I could only imagine the courage and strength it took to write it. I've been bawling out s
Reading_ Tam_ Ishly
"You can hide from people you like."

Why would you do that?

"So they can find you."

This book broke my heart and my tear glands.

This is a story about adoption, battling cancer, death and grief.

But this is also a book about goodness, hope, humanity, life lessons and found families.

Reading this book was really difficult. It's heartbreaking and I took my time. So many times I had to close the book in between because it was so hard to digest my own emotions and come to terms with the fact that I was go
Another book by Mitch Albom that solidifies my vote as one of my favorite authors! Along with The Five People You Meet in Heaven and For One More Day, Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family has also been added to my list of favorites by Albom. This memoir of the little girl who touched the lives and hearts of Albom and his wife, Janine, as well as thousands of other people, brought laughter and tears as I listened to this audiobook. I'm sure the printed word is o ...more
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a heartbreaking and beautiful story about family and making sure to stop and enjoy life, because we sometimes forget how fragile and precious it really is. It really highlights the beauty and importance of all of those very simple everyday moments. How to value those moments and live in them. It can be hard sometimes, it's nice to be reminded how special they are. I really loved the writing style; it was soft, heartfelt and unadorned. Be prepared to shed a lot of tears!

There was a lot of
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong. The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her. She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment. The book was very thought-provokin ...more
Jennifer Blankfein
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read this labor of love in one sitting and cried all the way through. Mitch Albom and his wife, Janine are incredibly special, and as lucky as Chika was to have them, this precious spitfire little girl gave this generous couple the beautiful gift of family. It is a must read....full review to come on Book Nation by Jen.
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Carol (Reading Ladies)
“What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy.” ~Mitch Albom

In Finding Chika: A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, Mitch Albom, well-known author of Tuesdays With Morrie, shares his life-changing experience of caring for Chika, a young Haitian orphan. She was born a few days before the devastating 2010 earthquake into a poverty-stricken family. When her mother died after giving birth to her baby brother, Dad found placements for all their children.
Kim Fox
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So many feelings about this book. I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down. I finished it in just under six hours. The way @mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book. And this one will resonate with everyone! I don't like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this... You will learn something about yourself when you read this book. It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues ready!

I received this ebook from Edelweiss for my
Rich Paz
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well done, Mr. Albom. I would have given this book 6 stars. This is the best book you've written so far and I love all your books. And this book really tells me who you are, sincere and authentic. I can't wait for your next book. Congrats and thanks for sharing. ...more
Mitch Albom is one of my favorite authors so it's no surprise this little book got 5 stars.

This is the story of Chika, a newborn when the horrific earthquake all but destroyed her native country of Haiti. Although she and her mother both survive, and without divulging spoilers, Chika does end up at an orphanage that Albom and his wife were running. It is there that they meet for the first time. A toddler and the people who would love her with all their might and take her back to the US with them
Ryan Hancox
Jun 29, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I do not review books often. It honestly makes me feel pretentious. But this book was awful for several reasons. To clear the air, the child featured in this piece is clearly brave and endearing. Her strength throughout a terminal diagnosis is truly noteworthy and the audiobook voice clips of her joy are truly heart warming/wrenching. But there are several reasons I hated this book. The author kept this poor girl alive for his own selfishness and used religion as an excuse to do so. Anytime her ...more
Sharon Huether
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoirs
Chika Jeune was born a few days before the earthquake in Haiti. After her mother died she is taken to an orphanage in Port au Prince.

Mitch Albon and his wife Janie were caretakers at the orphanage.

Chika made such a impression to the couple who had no children of their own. When it was discovered
Chika had a physical problem; they took her back to Detroit Michigan to see a doctor there to find a cure for her condition. There was not a cure, but the had hope to keep Chika apart of their family
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful heartbreaking novel. Mitch Albom puts his whole heart on display for his readers to experience the relationship he and his wife had with their daughter, Chika. Thank you, Chika, your story needed to be told.

"The most precious thing you can give someone is your time because you can never get it back. When you don't think about getting it back, you've given it in love."

"One of the best things a child can do for an adult is to draw them down, closer to the ground, for clearer receptio
4.5 stars

Oh boy, this is a sad one. Prior to borrowing it, I guess I didn't read the synopsis, because all I need to know is that if Mitch Albom wrote it, I want to read it. I didn't know he was telling the true story of when he and his wife brought a little Haitian girl back to America and into his Detroit home to pay for her medical bills for treatments she could not get at the orphanage in Haiti.

An orphanage that he himself operates, following the huge earthquake there in 2010.

Treatments t
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Why? Why do children die?
The thought of children with terminal illnesses is unbearable to me. Mitch Albom has written a book that is somewhat comforting because he lived the nightmare of the death of a child and the blessing of her life and joy. While they are here, we must be present. We must love each other. We must not take our time for granted. I thought this book was about an adoption of a little girl from Haiti. It was but it is also about having a child with a terminal brain tumor. I am
Jill Jackman
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was privileged enough to have been part of Chika’s love and life. Mitch, and his narrative allowed me to relive those years with both laughter and tears.❤️
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read several of the books that were written by Mitch Albom but none of them touched me as deeply as Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family. Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven were my favorite books of his until I read this one. I actually listened to Finding Chika on audible. It was read by Mitch Albom. My respect and admiration for Mitch Albom, author and person, soared to even greater heights after listening to this book. The com ...more
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book, which I highly recommend. Mitch reads it himself and there are clips of Chicka talking, singing or laughing throughout. I think it’s is beautifully written. His description of being a parent and what it can do for you and your spouse is great. Plus having had a child who had severe medical issues he nailed so much how we felt through all of that process. I love when authors articulate the feelings I have or have had so well, in a way I couldn’t. I for sure cried more tha ...more
Shannon Rochester
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Mitch Albom is an author I will read every time a new book comes out. My first was Tuesdays with Morrie back in one of my college Psychology classes and I have never looked back. I am not sure he would have been on my radar if it weren't for that class but his books bring such feelings forth inside me that they literally touch my heart every time. The latest was Finding Chika and it had the usual effect. :) I knew it wouldn't necessarily have a happy ending but I also knew it would be heart warm ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
From the time I read "Tuesdays with Morrie" I have been a Mitch Albom fan. I was happy to see this memoir, his first since Tuesdays. In Finding Chika, Albom tells of his and his wife's relationship with a young girl, Chika Jeune, whom he met at the Have Faith Haiti Mission and Orphanage in Port-au-Prince, which Albom directs and visits regularly. Chika, born only days after the 2010 Haitian earthquake, was brought to the orphanage when she was three, shortly after her mother died in childbirth. ...more
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
From the author that brought you Tuesday's with Morrie you will also enjoy this book Finding Chika. Has the same sentimental life values and life lessons that go along with both books.

Finding Chika was interesting, sweet, and sad. It's about cherishing those that you love, valuing innocence, not giving up hope, and fighting.

Mitch and his wife Janine created an orphanage center in Haiti after the tragic earthquake because so many children were left unable to take care of themselves. They fall in
Jim Puskas
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Readers familiar with Mitch Albom, especially those who have read For One More Day or The Five People You Meet in Heaven will be prepared for his particular brand of magical realism. If that puts you off, it's unfortunate, because in all other respects this is a very fine book, one of his best. This is of course a deeply emotional story — I defy anyone to read it with a dry eye to the end — but it's also tremendously insightful, as expressed by Albom in six "lessons":
I am your protection
Time cha
C.J. Pacheco
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartbreaking story that everyone should read, specially those who have, plan to or care for our precious little children. Chika was someone special to Albom and changed his life the same way they change our lives.
Mitch Albom is an author who writes moving and inspirational books. I just checked and see that I have given 5 stars for the previous books that I have read that were written by this author. Since this story is as moving and memorable as those, I will have to add another star.
I did not realize that Mitch Album and his wife operated an orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. This is a poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life changed his heart and taught him the
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Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.

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