Girl in Translation

Girl in Translation

Downloadable Audiobook - 2010
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When 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate from Hong Kong to Brooklyn squalor, she quickly begins a secret double life: exceptional schoolgirl during the day, Chinatown sweatshop worker in the evenings. Disguising the more difficult truths of her life, like her secret love for a factory boy who shares none of her talent or ambition, Kimberly learns to constantly translate not just her language but herself back and forth between the worlds she straddles.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, 2010
ISBN: 9780307736192 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
0307736199 (sound recording : OverDrive Audio Book)
Branch Call Number: eAUDIOBOOK FIC KWOK
Additional Contributors: Wey, Grayce

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bnotash70 Oct 07, 2012

A Chinese girl and her mother are brought to NYC by her aunt who petitioned for them to get US visas, as if she were helping them. Actually she had them work in her husband's clothing manufacturing sweatshop as slaves, having them live illegally in a condemned heatless empty building they owned. They knew no English upon arriving and all the people in the sweatshop only spoke Chinese. But the very young ( only 6 when she arrived) girl was brilliant and somehow learned English, went to a school miles from the building, and got outstanding grades while working backbreaking hours helping her mother in the sweatshop. She gets a scholarship to a prestigious high school and ends up a neurosurgeon. Wonderful story. I gave it to Lesa and told Victoria, Mark's friend who is Chinese, to read it. The girl who narrates the bood was wonderful.

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