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Girl in Translation

by Jean Kwok - £8.99  Penguin Books Ltd (2011)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780141042749 | ISBN 10: 0141042745

Kimberly Chang and her mother move from Hong Kong to New York. A new life awaits them - making a new home in a new country. But all they can afford is a verminous, broken- windowed Brooklyn apartment. The only heating is an unreliable oven. They are deep in debt. And neither speaks one word of English.
 
Yet there is hope. Eleven-year-old Kim goes to school. And though cut off by an alien language and culture - and forced by poverty to work nights in a sweatshop - she finds the classroom challenges liberating. In books and learning she'll be saved. But can Kim successfully turn the lost girl from Hong Kong into a happy American woman? And should she?
 
Jean Kwok's powerful and moving tale of hardship and triumph, of heartbreak and love, speaks of all that gets lost in translation.

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