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Girl in Translation

(2010)
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Introducing a fresh, exciting Chinese-American voice, an inspiring debut about an immigrant girl forced to choose between two worlds and two futures.

When 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 the staggering degree of her poverty, the weight of her family's future resting on her shoulders, or 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.

Through Kimberly's story, author Jean Kwok, who also emigrated from Hong Kong as a young girl, brings to the page the lives of countless immigrants who are caught between the pressure to succeed in America, their duty to their family, and their own personal desires, exposing a world that we rarely hear about. Written in an indelible voice that dramatizes the tensions of an immigrant girl growing up between two cultures, surrounded by a language and world only half understood, Girl in Translation is an unforgettable and classic novel of an American immigrant-a moving tale of hardship and triumph, heartbreak and love, and all that gets lost in translation.


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"Deeply compelling." - Ann Packer


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July 2011 : UK Hardback
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Title: Girl In Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-4448-0724-2 / 978-1-4448-0724-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Charnwood
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May 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-61383-166-8 / 978-1-61383-166-3 (USA edition)
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October 2010 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Girl in Translation (Center Point Platinum Reader's Circle (Large Print))
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-60285-887-X / 978-1-60285-887-9 (USA edition)
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April 2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-59448-756-1 / 978-1-59448-756-9 (USA edition)
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2010 : USA Hardback
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Title: LARGE PRINT. Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-61664-281-5 / 978-1-61664-281-5 (USA edition)
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Paperback Editions

May 2013 : UK Paperback

Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 0-241-96765-1 / 978-0-241-96765-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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June 2011 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 0-14-104274-5 / 978-0-14-104274-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin
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May 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-59448-515-1 / 978-1-59448-515-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-905490-62-3 / 978-1-905490-62-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Fig Tree
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2000 : USA Paperback
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 1-59448-765-0 / 978-1-59448-765-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Us
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Audio Editions

May 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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May 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: Penguin Audio
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April 2010 : UK Audio CD
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
ISBN: 0-14-242799-3 / 978-0-14-242799-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
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2000 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Grayce Wey (Narrator) Jean Kwok (Author)
ISBN: 0-307-73618-0 / 978-0-307-73618-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books On Tape
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July 2010 : Australia, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: Penguin
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April 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Girl in Translation
Author(s): Jean Kwok
Publisher: Riverhead Books
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