Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok

Available At: Air Academy

Categories: Drug Abuse, Sexual

Description: When eleven-year-old Kimberly Chang and her mother emigrate to New York from Hong Kong, they hope for a better life but end up barely surviving working in a Chinatown sweatshop.

YA Label?: No

Notes: This book contains sexual activities; sexual nudity; mild/infrequent profanity; alcohol and drug use by minors; and abortion commentary.

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Page 102: Inside the other buildings, I tried not to stare at the statues of women with bare breasts, their whiteness glowing in the alcoves; they even had nipples.

Page 207: Sometimes he came to our sessions with a joint in his hand. And stoned or not, he never missed an opportunity to flirt with me.

Page 229: Suddenly, something shifted. I almost screamed, then realized that it was a boy from my year making out with some girl. He had his hands up her shirt and she was pulling on his hair.

Page 250: He must have taken care of the condoms somehow and then suddenly he was inside me. I gasped, but it hadn’t hurt as much as I’d expected it to and then I couldn’t think at all anymore.

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