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A Thread Unbroken Kindle Edition
Chai and Josi share a bond that transcends ordinary friendship. While Chai has always been Josi’s protector—ever since they were toddlers, growing up together in a small Chinese village—she finds herself helpless when they are both abducted from their families and sold to faraway strangers. In their new home, with the family of the fisherman who bought them, their old lives are torn away piece by piece. But Chai knows she must stay strong if they’re to have any chance of escaping.
That same tenacious hope guides Chai’s father, Jun, who fights to find the girls and bring them home, despite seemingly insurmountable odds and a corrupt legal system. The days since the girls were taken soon stretch to weeks and months, but Chai’s spirit remains unbroken and Jun’s resolve unwavering.
Set against the backdrop of modern day China, A Thread Unbroken is an inspiring story of remarkable courage, indefatigable hope, and the invisible ties that hold people together, even when everything around them is falling apart.
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About the Author
Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author of the books Train to Nowhere, Chasing China, The Bridge, A Thread Unbroken, and the acclaimed memoir of the years she spent working in Chinese orphanages, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage. She has actively volunteered for several nonprofit organizations, including An Orphan’s Wish (AOW) and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children. In China, she was honored with the Pride of the City award for humanitarian work. After living in China for several years, Bratt now resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina, with her husband, daughter, dog, and cat.
- ASIN : B007VPZQLA
- Publisher : Lake Union Publishing (November 27, 2012)
- Publication date : November 27, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 789 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 285 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #83,442 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The kidnapping/human trafficking topic is generally very interesting, especially for someone who has heard all kinds of real life stories about this growing up. It was a fast read, and the storyline made me want to follow through to the end to see how things play out. (Although unfortunately, people being kidnapped in China are usually faced with treatments much more gruesome and never find their way back)
However, the writing made me feel compelled to post my first ever book review on Amazon. I felt a twinge of annoyance every time the author tries to put in some sort of Chinese phrase in Pinyin. Furthermore, in most of these instances, the grammar was completely wrong. It seemed completely pointless to put phrases like "thank you", "please", "no", and "yes" in dialogues(80% of the time a Chinese phrase appeared, seriously). I can understand that the author is trying to make her work more authentic, but she could accomplish this through the storyline and descriptive writing(like Balsac and the Little Chinese Seamstress). Adding in incoherent Chinese phrases is overdoing this effort and damaging the reading experience. For readers who do not understand the language, it is pointless; for readers who understand Chinese, it is simply ridiculous.
The writing was also a little bland. I am not much of a writer myself, especially since English is not my first language. In fact, realizing that I could understand every word contributed to my belief that this could be better written. However, I have read enough English books that moved me with the authors' language. The lack of more sophisticated vocabulary is merely an insignificant factor. I can only compare this writing style to the few pages of Twilight I read before I had to put it down.
Overall, I felt like the story had a lot more potential. The story could have been so much more gripping, as other reviewers have pointed out. And once again, I believe that taking out the random Chinese phrases throughout the book would have made the dialogue sound much better (I'm sorry, but it bothered me so much. Imagine someone writing in Spanish, but every time they want to say thank you, no, or yes, they write it in English). I made it through the book really quickly as a slow reader because the storyline was captivating, and I honestly would have given this at least a 4 star if it weren't for the writing. Well, at least it was a really easy read for a slow reader like me who speaks English as a second language.
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The story is fiction, but based upon the author's knowledge of child-trafficking in China from the time that she has spent in the country and her experience of volunteering in orphanages there.
At the end of the book we are told that, although reported statistics suggest that the Chinese government is doing much to break up the trafficking gangs and to recover the stolen children, in actual fact the local authorities do little to help - and may even profit from dealings with those involved in this dreadful trade.
The author wants to bring the attention of the world to the plight of these children and those organisations in China which are trying to help them be re-united with their own families.
I applaud Kay Bratt for the time and effort that she has put into doing this - and I thank her for raising my awareness.
This is a story that you really need to read.
It is a good quick read, but it lacks that extra something that makes you bond with the characters or truly engage with the book.
I bought the book for 99p and I felt marginally disappointed afterwards so I wouldn't recommend buying the book for £2.99.