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Girl in Translation

8 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 9¼ hrs. Books on Tape. 2010. ISBN 9780307736185. $39.95; 8 CDs. retail ed. Penguin Audio; digital download. F
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OrangeReviewStarAfter emigrating from Hong Kong, 11-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother are confined by poverty to New York City sweatshops and squalor. Kimberly's Americanization culminates when the math and science wunderkind earns scholarships to an exclusive private secondary school, and then to Yale. Kwok's (jeankwok.net) debut novel, based on her own immigrant childhood spent toiling in a Chinatown sweatshop while immersed in Chinese manners, culture, and idioms, sparkles with authenticity. Voice artist Grayce Wey's Chinese accent provides a subliminal affirmation of the characters' dignity. An engrossing coming-of-age tale recommended for both adults and mature teens. ["Reminiscent of An Na's A Step from Heaven," read the review of the Riverhead hc, LJ 2/15/10.—Ed.]—Judith Robinson, Dept. of Lib. & Information Studies, Univ. at Buffalo

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