Mountain Girl, River Girl

Mountain Girl, River Girl

A Novel

Book - 2008
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Pan-pan and Shui-lian, two teenage girls born miles apart in modern-day rural China, leave home with dreams of a better future in Beijing or Shanghai. As dreams turn slowly into nightmares, they cross paths and decide to face their challenges together. This is a powerful tale of friendship and a stark, authentic portrait of modern China.
Publisher: Toronto : Puffin Canada, 2008.
ISBN: 9780143168126
Characteristics: 213 pages ; 22 cm


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MissMockingbird Jun 21, 2012

I read this four years ago when I was in grade seven and I STILL remember how much I enjoyed it, realistic of not. Its a fiction book, not even realistic fiction, so it doesn't have to be completely accurate. (see XinXin93) There's one scene not completely appropriate for younger readers, but it is a good book!

Aug 03, 2011

This book is ok....

suju0707 Nov 21, 2010

i loved this book:) Ting-xing ye is such a good author!!!

connieleong Apr 15, 2009

i didn't read the whole book...... but i was a little but intrested in this book because on the cover there is chinese on the book but i had forgotten to read the book......

Adalia Apr 15, 2009

really good book.......toook awile to really get to the point......i think it shows how complete strangers could become close friends just by sharing their past experiences.

XinXin93 Mar 27, 2009

I picked up this book because it had a Chinese theme and I thought it might be interesting as I myself am a Chinese-Canadian. But when I began to read the book I was appalled at the way the author put down nearly everything about the country I've lived in for more than half of my life.

The story is supposed to take place in 2008, but it seems to me that the author was trying to describe china around the time she left it, in 1952. A lot of things have changed in China since then, and last year when I went back I hardly recognized the place because it changed so much, even though I'd only left like five years ago.

Although I agree that the China has some problems that need to be straightened out, it is by no means as bad as the author of this book made it out to be. And I think most of the bad things that happened to the poor girls in the story happened because they were doing dangerous things to begin with. I mean, think about it, one of the girls goes and runs away from home just because an absolute stranger offered her a job; and the other one goes running off to Beijing to find a girl she knew nothing about; it's hardly the smartest thing to do. I mean, even in a developed country like the United States you can still get in trouble doing things like that. And even in Canada there are places, away from the public eye, where illegal immigrants are being used for slave labor and treated no better than in the factory that described in the book.

As well, the author made many obvious mistakes in the book. For one, wearing black to a traditional Chinese funeral is considered very disrespectful to the deceased as the Chinese color of mourning is, in fact, white. And while burning of white paper cut in the shape of coins is common in more traditional parts of China, I have never once heard of burning paper houses, and neither have my parents, who've lived in China for 35 years. And we've never heard of the Fox Smell that was mentioned in the story either.

I am under the impression that the author has had some very bad experiences in China, and if so, I am very sorry about that.
But China has really undergone a complete metamorphoses these last few years and I wish you can come to see that.

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