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Chu Ju's House by Gloria Whelan

Chu Ju's House (edition 2005)

by Gloria Whelan

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Title:Chu Ju's House
Authors:Gloria Whelan
Info:HarperCollins (2005), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 240 pages
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Chu Ju's House by Gloria Whelan


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In China, rural families are only allowed to have 2 children, and boys are valued far more than girls. When Chu Ju's family has another girl, Chu Ju runs away so that her family will not sell her baby sister; they will have only 1 girl again. Chu Ju first finds herself accepted by a family of fishermen, who teach her all about fishing. However, they already have their allotted number of children, so once again, Chu Ju must leave. Next she finds herself working at a silk worm farm with other "orphan" girls, under a harsh woman who clearly loves the worms more than the girls. Chu Ju finds friendship with the other girls, but, once again must leave. She finally arrives, starving, at the home of a woman and her son, who are rice farmers. The son only wants to move to Shanghai, and hates farming. Chu Ju and the mother develop a close bond, and she finally finds a "family".

This book describes the effects of the Chinese Cultural Revolution as lived out by a teenaged girl. It is a quick read, and a decent introduction to a horrifying period of Chinese history. ( )
  nevusmom | Oct 31, 2009 |
Juvenile fiction book about a Chinese girl that runs away because her parents have another baby girl and are going to sell her. The 14-year-old can't stand the thought of the baby being sold so she sacrifices herself. The story continues around what happens to her. Good descriptions of living in rural China. ( )
  autumnesf | Jun 14, 2008 |
In rural China, only two children are allowed per family and every family wants at least one boy. Chu Ju knows that her parents will send her newborn sister away if she stays, so she runs away. As in Whelan's other books, she sents the reader to rural China, a place that few people outside the region know about. Excellent read, except the ending seemed a bit tacked on and unrealistic. Inexplicably and likely unrealistically, everything suddenly works out perfectly in the end for everyone ( )
  kewpie | Jan 4, 2008 |
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One girl too many . . .

When a girl is born to Chu Ju's family, it is quickly determined that the baby must be sent away. After all, the law states that a family may have only two children, and tradition dictates that every family should have a boy. To make room for one, this girl will have to go.

Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju knows she cannot allow this to happen to her sister. Understanding that one girl must leave, she sets out in the middle of the night, vowing not to return.

With luminescent detail, National Book Award-winning author Gloria Whelan transports readers to China, where law conspires with tradition, tearing a young woman from her family, sending her on a remarkable journey to find a home of her own.

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In order to save her baby sister, fourteen-year-old Chu Ju leaves her rural home in modern China and earns food and shelter by working on a sampan, tending silk worms, and planting rice seedlings, while wondering if she will ever see her family again.… (more)

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