Chu Ju's House Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of Chu Ju's House

Fourteen-year-old Chu Ju and her family live in modern rural China, where a strict policy of two children per family is enforced. When Chu Ju's mother becomes pregnant again, the family hopes for a boy, because sons are strongly preferred. But when the baby is born, it is another girl, who is named Hua. When Chu Ju learns that her grandmother plans to sell baby Hua to an orphanage so that there will be room in the family for another child, hopefully a son, Chu Ju decides to run away from home to spare her sister this terrible fate. Chu Ju's journey brings her to a fishing boat, a silkworm factory, a rice paddy, and the bustling and modern city of Shanghai.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   struggling to earn a living to survive Inside culture (main char)    -   Chinese Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 If story of urban/rural...    -   rural moving to urban Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Age group of kid(s) in story:    -   grade school Wild kid(s)?    -   runaway!

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Chinese


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   China City?    -   Yes City:    -   dangerous Farm/Ranch?    -   Yes Farm/Ranch:    -   farm

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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