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When Invisible Children Sing Hardcover – September 20, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1414306162 ISBN-10: 1414306164 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: SaltRiver; 1 edition (September 20, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414306164
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414306162
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,833,752 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Do you see our invisible children?" writes Huang, at the conclusion of his touching and sometimes painful book about the street children of La Paz, Bolivia. Huang, the founder of the Bolivian Street Children Project and an attending physician at Boston Medical Center, went to Bolivia to work with homeless children when he was fresh out of Harvard medical school. Looking to fulfill a sense of Christian mission as well as to come to grips with some of his personal history, he committed to spending a year caring for homeless children in an orphanage. His ministry quickly expanded from daytime medical care at the orphanage to nighttime care for the children on the streets of La Paz, and it is these later stories that Huang tells. He gives only enough of his own story to let the reader understand his lens, but it is the children's stories Huang cares about. Told simply and without exaggeration, each child's account speaks for itself, demonstrating the humanity of those who are usually invisible. Always honest about his own anger, frustration, confusion and even his doubts about God at times, Huang inspires readers to reach out, even to just one child, and make a difference in a life. (Oct.)
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From Booklist

Pediatrician and internist Huang is a self-described angry man who traveled to La Paz, Bolivia, to work in the streets as a fourth-year Harvard medical student in 1997. He wanted to do something about the thousands of Bolivian children who live in filth, disease, and squalor. He learned, among other things, that street children are far from innocent. But that doesn't begin to justify, he says, their unspeakable living conditions. Indeed, the stories he tells range from the appalling--a street infant starved to death in a hospital because it was up to her mother to provide food; when she failed to do so, hospital staff watched the baby die--to the sickening: 89 percent of street children, including those as young as four, inhale paint thinner to stay warm through the frigid Andean nights. And worse: vigilantes rape, beat, and even kill street children to "cleanse" the streets. Huang's powerful testimony sounds a clarion call and ends with a plea for support for his Bolivian Street Children Project. Donna Chavez
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More About the Author

Dr. Chi Huang earned an undergraduate degree in biology from Texas A&M University and graduated cum laude in 1998 from Harvard Medical School. He is an assistant professor in pediatrics, medical director of inpatient pediatrics, director of the pediatric global health initiative, and internal medicine hospitalist attending at Boston Medical Center, Boston University School of Medicine. He has spent the last 15 years advocating for the lives of street children in developing countries; was influential in cofounding Casa Bernabe, a home for Bolivian street children, in 2001; and is the founder of Kaya Children International, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Dr. Huang has received numerous awards and recognition for his work. He and his wife, Kristin, have three daughters.

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I cried several times while I was reading the book.
M. LAW
First, it tells the fascinating story of Dr. Huang and his work with the street children of Bolivia.
Susan J. Metoxen
Thank you for sharing such an amazing experience with the world.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Susan J. Metoxen on October 15, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is interesting on several levels. First, it tells the fascinating story of Dr. Huang and his work with the street children of Bolivia. His approach of focusing on the stories of several children makes it very easy for the reader to connect with and understand the children.

In addition, the book really explains generational and intractable poverty and the forces that keep it in place. I suspect similar forces are in place in all settings, even in a country as wealthy as the United States. Moreover, he describes his own childhood living with a family recently immigranted from Taiwan and his family's experience with the health care system in the U.S. It is a must read for employees in social service settings.

Last, because he is an physician, he describes in detail the medical and mental health issues faced by the children, and I would recommend this book to be required curriculum for anyone planning to do medical mission work. (Or work with the homeless in the U.S. for that matter.)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By G. P. Lennox on January 13, 2007
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Dr. Chi writes an exceptionally transparent account of his own spiritual journey and personal passion for helping "the least of these". He wrestles with doubt and anger, painfully discovers the limits of compassion, and ultimately develops a successful strategy to rescue a handful of the hundreds of abandoned children from the otherwise hopeless streets of La Paz, Bolivia.

This book is a quick read, but opens one's eyes to the humanity of children and adults living on the streets--whether at home or at thirteen thousand feet in the high desert of the Andes. Neither liberal nor conservative, neither utopian nor cynical; the author offers a balanced view of reality on the streets of Bolivia's capital city without the burden of a philosophical agenda. His insights have value in understanding the plight of abandoned children around the world, and hints at potential solutions which offer hope for children like those described so eloquently in Dr. Chi's text.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
An eye opening and gut wrenching account of how street children in Bolivia live their lives. Dr. Huang places his faith and his deeds where the "rubber hits the road" and lives among them as he ministers to them in their destitution.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keely on January 23, 2013
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AWESOME book for GRE prep. Great vocabulary. Great story. Easy read.
Mild language barrier. I think it has been translated from another language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen A. Trahan on January 11, 2007
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Chi Huang writes with an open heart. He shows his love for his family and the street children of Bolivia. It is apparent to the reader that his sister's death has left an impact on his life. This book makes you hang your mouth open in awe, wipe the tears from your eyes and smile with joy. Excellent!
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By M. LAW on September 15, 2010
Format: Hardcover
First of all, I would really like to thank Dr. Huang for sharing his experience in Bolivia with us. The language of narration is transparent and original, truly captures the voice and hopes of the children. Dr. Huang's profession as a doctor gives him the specialty as having an extra pair of eyes where he could see through the street children, transcribe them onto paper and present to us with the struggle they are suffering and the environment that they are leaving at. I cried several times while I was reading the book. With my eyes closed, I suddenly feel all the street children are surrounding me, giggling and asking me to share their stories with everyone.
Dr. Huang precisely points out even an orphanage has its own limitation; money and extra personnels cannot substitute the love and caring that one could provide. I would really like to recommend this book to parents with children in order to have a sense of how children living in developing world are surviving and thriving with their own hands and determination.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on August 3, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book, When Invisible Children Sing, is a true story about a Taiwanese doctor who was living in America. He decided to help the street kids in Bolivia with his medical abilities. This book is about how Dr. Chi helps some children. You will hear of Mercedes, Gabriel, Vicki, little Rosa, and many more. One of the stories is of Danalia. She has two kids. Their names are Natalia and Maria. Maria is a 5 month-old baby. She gets very sick and needs to be taken to the hospital. Meanwhile, Dr. Chi is on vacation. Danalia reluctantly takes Maria to the hospital. Even though Maria goes to the hospital, she dies. I like this book because I like medical books and mission books. This book combines the two subjects. I would definitely recommend it because it is an excellent book; but not for anyone younger than junior high, because the book talks about sexual abuse. The content is more for older children. You don't want to miss it!
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This book lands as a very honest reflection on the author's entry into a life of caring for street children. Presented in a diary type of reflection and remembrance it is very powerful, raw and a little "clunky" at times to read. I liked that it presents the mistakes and real experiences of working in a dangerously messy environment and that the author allows you to experience it with him without presenting a how to manual on how to do it differently, while at the same time letting me know that Relationship comes first and that warmth and not help are desired by the people in need that he encountered.

The author achieves his goal of giving a voice to otherwise invisible children. I'm grateful for their stories, saddened by them, and encouraged by God's desire for justice.
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