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Factory Girl

by Josanne La Valley

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Everyone should check to be sure they are buying products that are not made in countries that use child and unethical labor. This book follows the story of a girl in China taken against her will from her village to work for very little pay in a factory. It is an emotional and captivating story. ( )
  AmandaSanders | Jul 22, 2017 |
Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley covers some very serious subject for young adults. At first it seemed a bit slow but that was a big contrast to her life before and afterhe she has been selected. Roshen is sixteen and life seems to be off to a great start. She is a good student, loves her family and the boy that she is to marry in the future.

Then she is selected to spend a year at a Chinese sewing factory in Hubei. It is billed as a great honor to be selected but the truth is that her family's farm will be taken away by the government if she does nor comply.

She decides to sacrifice a year of her life so they can keep the farm. She has been warned that there are spies on the trip, and to only communicate to her family and one she is to be married by messages from a black internet cafe. She has a very long an uncomfortable journey with the other girls to the factory. They all go through many hardships while working there and it is very difficult to know who to trust and who to be wary of. She is forced into some very horrible experiences.

What is really terrible is that this story is based on true experiences as told to the author. . The version that I read was an Advanced Reading Copy and did not include the Afterword. I was very sad that it did not make it into this version.

The author writes with great sensitivity and gives just enough detail to let know what is good on but not enough to overwhelm the reader. This is the second book that I have read by her and I look forward to reading more.

I received this Advanced Reading Copy by making a selection from Amazon Vine books but that in no way influenced my thoughts or feelings in this review. I also posted this review only on sites meant for reading not for selling. ( )
  Carolee888 | Dec 22, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0544699475, Hardcover)

In order to save her family’s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority (Uyghur) background. Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people. A workplace survival story, this gritty, poignant account focuses on a courageous teen and illuminates the value—and cost—of freedom. 
  
  
 
 
 

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"In order to save her family's farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China. There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority (Uyghur) background. Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people"--… (more)

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