Girl in Translation

By Jean Kwok; Grayce Wey (Read by)
(Penguin Audio, Compact Disc, 9780142427996)

Publication Date: April 29, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback, Hardcover, Hardcover

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the May 2010 Indie Next List
“It's never easy being the new kid, and harder still when you are poor and you don't speak the language. From a comfortable life in Hong Kong to a gritty sweatshop in New York, we follow Kimberly Chang in this smartly told story that illuminates the struggles of adolescence against a backdrop of poverty and cultural conflicts and reveals that, even in the land of opportunity, sometimes you have to fight for what you want and let go of what you love.”
-- Carol Mark, Books On The Common, Ridgefield, CT


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Unabridged CDs, 8 CDs, 10 hours

Read by TBA

Introducing a fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice, Girl in Translation is an inspiring debut about a young immigrant in America, a smart girl who, living a double life between school and sweatshop, understands that her family's future is in her hands.




About the Author

Jean Kwok was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Brooklyn as a young girl. Jean received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard and completed an MFA in Fiction at Columbia. She worked as an English teacher and Dutch-English translator at Leiden University in the Netherlands, and now writes full-time. She has been published in Story Magazine and Prairie Schooner.




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CONVERSATION STARTERS

  1. Throughout Girl in Translation, the author uses creative spelling to show Kimberly’s mis-hearing and misunderstanding of English words. How does the language of the novel evolve as Kimberly grows and matures? Do you see a change in the respective roles that English and Chinese play in the narrative as it progresses?

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