Girls on the Line

Girls on the Line

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"An affecting and original thrill ride." Kirkus Reviews

A powerful, dual-narrative coming-of-age story set in 2009 China.

Luli has just turned sixteen and finally aged out of the orphanage where she's spent the last eight years. Her friend Yun has promised to help her get work.

Yun loves the independence that her factory job brings her. For the first time in her life she has her own money and can get the things she wants: nice clothes, a cell phone...and Yong, her new boyfriend.

There are rumors about Yong, though. Some people say he's a bride trafficker: romancing young women only to kidnap them and sell them off to bachelors in the countryside. Yun doesn't believe it. But then she discovers she's pregnant--the same day she gets fired from her job. If she can't scrape together enough money to terminate the pregnancy, she'll face a huge fine for having an unauthorized child.

Luli wants to help her friend, but she's worried about what Yong might do...especially when Yun disappears.

Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, [2018]
ISBN: 9781512459388
1512459380
Branch Call Number: YA LIU J
Characteristics: 224 pages ; 22 cm

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LPL_RebeccaR Mar 10, 2019

Jennie Liu shares an important and often under-explored piece of Chinese political history in this extremely captivating but short adventure story. Set in 2009 in Gujiao, China, two teenage orphans, Luli and Yun, struggle against several devastating impacts of China’s One-Child policy. Already c... Read More »


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LPL_RebeccaR Mar 10, 2019

Jennie Liu shares an important and often under-explored piece of Chinese political history in this extremely captivating but short adventure story. Set in 2009 in Gujiao, China, two teenage orphans, Luli and Yun, struggle against several devastating impacts of China’s One-Child policy. Already challenged by the long hours and poor pay of their factory jobs, Yun’s pregnancy plunges the girls into a whole new set of hardships and risks. Luli knows that she is the only family Yun has and is determined to stick by her side. Together the two come face to face with the harsh policies that face unwed mothers as well as the awful truths of bride and baby trafficking. Who can they trust in a place where nearly everyone seems afraid to help?

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