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A Thread Unbroken by [Bratt, Kay]
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"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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  • File Size: 718 KB
  • Print Length: 285 pages
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (November 27, 2012)
  • Publication Date: November 27, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,177 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By E.M. Bristol VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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Chai and Josi are best friends. They complement each other, and together their strength is multiplied. Josi has a crippled foot. Despite her numerous skills, her foot makes her undesirable in China. The two girls trust the wrong woman, and in their wish to be respectful and polite, are kidnapped. Chai is destined to be the bride of son of the family who has bought her. Josi has been brought along to tame Chai, but a few months later, they are separated.

This book is pleasant and easy to read. The plot addresses what has become a prevalent problem, the kidnapping and sale of young women. Specific to this book,Chinese girls are kidnapped to ensure sons of the family have a bride. The the choice of parents for sons has led to a shortage of brides. Like many traditional Chinese families, the family in this book expect the daughter and the daughter in law to be, to serve them.

I found the tone of this book lacking a certain depth of description. It feels like the abridged version of the proble. I don't feel I really know much about the main characters. We know they are unselfish and loyal. But the portrayals are not well fleshed out. Difficult themes lack immediacy. That said, this book shares an important narrative.
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