Chu Ju's House

Chu Ju's House
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10+
Release Date
April 13, 2004
ISBN
0060507241
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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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a bittersweet journey
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Reader reviewed by Dominique

To try and limit the booming population in China, the government does not want each family to have more than 2 children. In China, most families want to have boys. But when Chu Ju’s parents have another girl, they decide to give the baby to an orphanage to get another chance to have a boy. Not wishing for her parents to get rid of the newborn girl, Chu Ju runs away, making room for another.

Finding work is not completely easy. Chu Ju had to leave several places where she stayed and worked at for a while—such as a fishing boat and a silkworm factory—because of trouble. She was once turned away when a woman found out her story for leaving her household. Chu Ju finally finds a place that looks like she will be able to stay at for a while—at a rice paddy with Han Na and her son. But Han Na’s son wishes to leave for Shanghai, so Chu Ju stays with Han Na and they get to know each other. Han Na cares for Chu Ju, who becomes a skilled farmer. Chu Ju uses new techniques to help get more money for Han Na’s household and meets new people, like Ling. As time passes, some romance begins, and Han Na urges Chu Ju to return and visit her family. What will she find there? Will Chu Ju be accepted? Read Chu Ju’s House to find out!

Readers who liked other books by Gloria Whelan should read Chu Ju’s House as well! A bittersweet story about a brave girl looking for her place in China.
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Great look at life in China
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Reader reviewed by librariane

Families in China are only allowed to have two children, and most families want to have at
least one son to take care of the family once he grows up. Chu Ju is the eldest daughter, and when a sister is born, her Nai Nai (grandmother) insists the baby has to go to the orphanage, and the parents must try again and hope for a boy. Chu Ju cant bear to think of her baby sister being sold, so she chooses to be the one to go. Chu Ju runs from place to place, unable to find somewhere to stay longer than a year or so, until she comes to the farm of Han Na. Han Nas son wants to live in Shanghi, and Chu Ju is his perfect excuse. Chu Ju proves to be the perfect help for the elderly woman, and in the end everything works out beautifully for Chu Jushe finds a boy she likes living nearby, gets the farm and visits her family.

This book gives a good view of China as it is in the countryside. Whelan paints a picture of
what its like to live in Communist China, and how it is difficult for a girl to feel like she is
worth something. Chu Ju goes through many things before she finds her true happiness, though it doesnt feel like a coming of age story. Time passes quickly and easilyat the beginning of this short novel Chu Ju is 14, and at the end she is 18. She is a likeable character, nonetheless, and readers will sympathize with her struggles.
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Really good story
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Reader reviewed by Bettina

Chu Ju, the eldest daughter in her family, decides to run away to give her parents a chance to have another chance to have a boy. Families are not allowed to have more than two kids. So her parents are prepared to give away their younger girl. Chu Ju moves around to different places to find a new home.

This story is great. I thought that Chu Ju was a very nice bigger sister to run away to let her younger sister to stay.
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