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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers; 1 edition (March 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689868782
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689868788
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,925,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 8 Up–China, 14, has learned to be a devoted mother after an episode of "messing around" with her best friend, Trip, resulted in her pregnancy two years earlier. Growing up in the same African-American Houston neighborhood as the characters who peopled Williams's earlier novels, China has never had an easy life, but when her daughter unexpectedly dies, she refuses to rely on any counsel except her own in coping with her heartbreak. Since her mother died years earlier, China has lived with Uncle Simon, who is wheelchair bound. When she insists upon taking a job at a strip club to pay off the baby's funeral bill, he chooses to keep their home life peaceful rather than attempting to control her actions and risk alienating her. Trip stands by her even when she denigrates his mother, refusing to accept her efforts to push him away. Williams is a master of character development and genuinely realized emotional growth. Her plotting almost boils over with big problems, but China is so compelling and engaging in her responses to situations that readers will care more about cheering her along than about the author's operatic predilections. The end of China's story isn't neat and complete, but is nonetheless satisfying. Teens with a taste for books by Connie Porter and Rita Williams-Garcia will want to get to know this teen.–Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA

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Gr. 10-12. As in When Kambia Elaine Flew in from Neptune 2000) and its sequel Shayla's Double Brown Baby Blues (2001), Williams' latest work tells a grim, unsparing story of young people in a gritty neighborhood. When her two-year-old daughter dies suddenly, 14-year-old orphan China pours her guilt and heartbreak into a lavish funeral she can't afford. To pay the enormous cost, China finds work checking coats at a strip club (permissible since her guardian has changed her legal status from a minor to an adult). China endures strong harassment (explicitly described) in exchange for the large tips until she finally understands the "gutting" costs of her decisions. Too many contrivances weaken the rambling plot (a closing conspiracy is particularly distracting), China's motivations are not well developed, and graphic scenes in the club veer toward the gratuitous. Still, what will capture and hold mature teens are the strong, colloquial voices of China and her friends; the raw, honest details of China's world; and the provocative questions: Is the separation between childhood and adulthood about more than just the loss of innocence? Gillian Engberg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mia on May 26, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Ages 14 and up. From the author of When Kambia Elaine Flew in From Neptune, Lori Aurelia Williams brings a novel dealing with a young mother's struggles and much more. China is 14 balancing going to school full time just barely hanging on and trying to raise her 2 year old daughter almost single handedly, until death is brought upon the family. China is forced to find a job that will require her to make lots of money to make ends meet. Unfortunately, her only option is Obsidian Queens, the local gentlemen's club, which is the only job they will allow a 14 year old high school dropout and that will pay big. Thus, begins her journey down a path filled with detours along the way. Will she break free from her trailing problems or will she collide head on with them?

Complete with lessons on courage, determination, youth, love, and motherhood, Ms. Williams captures China as a person every mother or daughter can relate to. Broken China is for everyone that knows a mother's love has no boundaries, a theory China proves time and time again. This tear jerking novel is sure to touch a place in the hearts of all who believe courage can mend a broken heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Urban Teens Read on October 22, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Broken China is a very sad book. This book follows a teen named China who has a baby with her best friend, Trip. Trip was always helping China out but he didn't want the baby to know him as the daddy or take the baby home. China named her daughter Amina but Trip called her Bunny. One day China dropped Amina off at her sitter's house because she was about to go to school but after a few hours of school she got a heartbreaking call....The sitter had called to say Amina died because of a high fever. So with death comes a funeral and with a funeral comes money problems. China felt so bad about the death of Amina that she picked the highest priced coffin to put her baby in. But how was she going to pay all that money? This book will take you through the trials and tribulations of what China would do to pay for her child's funeral. :) MUST READ!!

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Remzz on July 21, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The plot of the story is what attracted me to the story. To be honest I read the first 3 pages and put it down, but then I started reading it again and I'm happy I finished reading it. The story itself was good but I was expecting a lot more. Maybe that's just on me. It did open my eyes and make me grateful for situations that I am in, unlike the protagonist who has been through so much in her 14 years. I really felt her emotions when she was at her "lowest point" I don't want to go deep into the story but all in all I think it's a book worth reading. For readers 14 and above.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By binky on December 9, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Growing up too Fast!

When some families don't discipline there children they end up in predicaments or situations that you many have never thought could have happened. When it gets to this point it can be difficult to try to gain control back of those children. So many people are lucky to have good caring parents who care enough about them to worry about them or to have a say so in what they do or where they go and don't let them run wild is great thing to have. This book is around the fact of growing up to fast, and having to learn with no one there teaching you.

China grew up in a middle class part of town not the best in the city around gangs, drugs, and violence. China came from a single parent family and she never knew her father, and her mother was all she had. When china was younger her mother got cancer and ended up dyeing and Chinas uncle Simon had to come and live and help take care of her. Chinas uncle Simon was handicap in a wheel chair and not to much help to china except to be there for her. She mostly had to survive on her own and make her own decisions. When china got caught up in the wrong situation and doing stuff that a young girl her age shouldn't do china ends up pregnant at the age of twelve. China does every thing in her power to be the best mom that she can be for her daughter and does the best she can so her child doesn't go without.

When china was doing her best by her and her child and going to school the worst possible thing that could happen happened. Her precious daughter Amina suddenly dies. China is devastated and doesn't want to believe that this has happened to her child after she had tried so hard to make it work even though she was so young.
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