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A Thread Unbroken [Kindle Edition]

Kay Bratt
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Book Description

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.

Editorial Reviews


"In A Thread Unbroken, Kay Bratt weaves a beautiful tale of heartbreak, sorrow and perseverance fueled by love. Although a work of fiction, Bratt uses real life tales of child abduction and forced marriages to create a story of the unbreakable bond of a father and daughter, determined to be reunited." —Denise Grover Swank, USA Today bestselling author

"Kay Bratt, an advocate for children from China, provides a fascinating glimpse of childhood in the world's largest country. The main characters are young girls with a very loving father, dispelling the myth that Chinese do not value daughters. Yet it also shows the shadowy side of the girls' lives when they are abducted to be sold, a practice that lamentably has not been completely suppressed. You will learn about the joys and hardships of growing up female in Asia, with plenty of thrills along the way to keep you reading." —Mingmei Yip, author of Skeleton Women and Song of the Silk Road

"In this novelized yet all-too-real tale of two kidnapped Chinese children trying to find their way home, advocate turned author Kay Bratt focuses her story-telling sights on one of China's least addressed issues: human trafficking." —Tom Carter, author of CHINA: Portrait of a People

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A Thread Unbroken cover art by Streetlight Graphics

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  • File Size: 712 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 27, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,842 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Light, fast read but should have been grittier October 9, 2012
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Two 13 year old girls are abducted off the streets in China. Doesn't sound like it would be a light read, but it is. This book reads like a fairy tale rather than a modern day novel. It takes place in present day China, although that took awhile to figure out because the reader is never immersed in either the culture or landscape. Very few descriptive details emerge. It's a fast read with little depth and believability. It's as if the author doesn't want anything too bad to happen in her little fairy tale. I could have been reading about Hansel and Gretel or Little Red Riding Hood. The naiveté of the girls was difficult to buy into, even if they were from a small Chinese village. The coincidences in the plot are rather remarkable and not in a good way. Every character was a stick figure. Could have been a better book with a little realism and depth. Nevertheless, would have given it 3 and a 1/2 stars if I could.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poignant tale of love and friendship October 31, 2012
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When Chinese village girls Chai and Josi ask for permission to go swimming, they have no idea of the ordeal ahead. Derailed on their way by a woman who requests help with her packages and young son, they are lured by her promise to buy them new dresses, and eventually find themselves imprisoned in an empty apartment. This is just the beginning of their nightmare, as they are sold to a couple who plan to have Chai wed their eldest son when she is older. In the meantime, the two are stuck doing housework that their "Mother" is too lazy to do and caring for the two younger sons. None of the people in their new community are willing to help the girls, and they cannot remember how to retrace their steps even if they could find some way to escape. However, the friendship between the two girls, as well as Chai's strong bond with her father, Jun, sustains them as they struggle to survive and eventually be reunited with their families. They find new reservoirs of strength and courage, and even a few friends. But as time passes with seemingly no one coming to rescue them, how long can they hold out?

The author of "A Thread Unbroken" Kay Bratt has also written a memoir of her time as a volunteer working in a Chinese orphanage and has receivd the Pride of the City Award as a result. The book an attempt to publicize the plight of young girls kidnapped and sold into slavery in China. It is a bittersweet story which does not sugarcoat the realities of this issue or how young girls are still undervalued because of their gender, but still offers a relatively happy ending. I found it moving and inspiring. It is definitely a five-star novel.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reading with insight October 21, 2012
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One of the most important aspects about Kay Bratt's book A Thread Unbroken are the major issues surrounding the storyline and the characters in the book Chai and Josi that many may not be aware of that has affected the landscape of the world that has embraced its culture and tradition for thousands of years. However, modern amenities have contributed to the challenges that though fictitious in nature in Bratt's book, Chai and Josi and their family and friends are experiencing and enduring throughout the book.

From books such as A Thread Unbroken or The Snowflower and the Secret Fan, the latter recently made into a movie, provides a window to the rest of the world and helps one understand serious issues that may not have been easily addressed to a general reading public. Bratt has taken the steps to approach the serious conditions that women around world are having to face without a choice - exploitation in the form of forced labor that have occurred in small rural villages in China. The story of Chai and Josi is a gripping tale that shows the clear distinctions between class and society and the limitations that exist between gender lines and roles as well as the imperfections and perfections that differentiate each character. As one reads the passages and the chapters questions may arise and other issues concerning adoption, one-child policy, and other 21st century issues that confront China's past.

But for readers that may be familiar with current events that have affected countries such as China and the hundreds of women's lives. A Thread Unbroken tells a story that one cannot imagine, but it is an example of many stories that is happening as one reads the book. One lesson that may be learned after reading Bratt's novel, that reading can help to educate and teach us about the lives and the places one may not have ever encountered before.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The very real problem of human trafficking in China October 16, 2012
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This is a novel but it is based on the very real horror of human trafficking in China. Two young pre-teen girls are kidnapped, mistreated and brought to a distant province where they are forced to work as unpaid domestics for a family of fishermen. Their captors are themselves poor but the family of all boys is large and they need to find wives for their sons

The story feels very real and I found myself immediately sympathizing with the girls' plight even though I had a feeling that they would be rescued in the end by one of the girls' father who refused to give up his search.

This book is a fast read and I just couldn't put it down although it is a little simplistic for my personal taste but I thank the author for shining a light on this very real problem.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... and they appeal to me because I have always loved books about the...
I have read more books by this author and they appeal to me because I have always loved books about the Chinese people. I also a fan of Amy tan.
Published 1 day ago by Judy Glover
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book very much
I enjoyed this book very much. I learned about youth abductions and other aspects of daily living I in China. I always enjoy learning about different cultures.
Published 4 days ago by nancy pelletier
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good ending even if a little contrived.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was a terrific read. I highly recommend it! !!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I really enjoyed the first part of this book, but the I felt the ending was rushed.
Published 11 days ago by Alisha Duhon
5.0 out of 5 stars truly a story of love courage and faith
I read this book on a flight from PA to Salt Lake City. The hours flew by as I was enthralled in this story so well written. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Sandy Harmer
4.0 out of 5 stars Missing girls too often forgotten
Enjoyed the book, good for promoting the cause of a human rights problem in China I didn't know about.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Found the story very intriguing and sad but with a happy ending
Published 22 days ago by Shirley Vains
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After reading Scavenger'sDaughter and two others in that series, This story was a very entertaining read. I enjoy Kay Bratt's style of story telling. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie J. Opitz
5.0 out of 5 stars A heartwarming spotlight on the trafficking of Chinese girls
A heartwarming story about Chinese cultural preference for boys and it's tragic consequences. Hopefully, Chinese girls will be treasured in the future stopping the selling of girl... Read more
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More About the Author

Kay Bratt is a child advocate and author who lived in China for almost five years and fell in love enough with the people to want to write about them forever. If you would like to read more about what started her career as an author, and also meet the children she knew and loved in China, read her poignant and best selling memoir titled Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage.

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