Josanne La Valley
- Title: Factory Girl
- Author: Josanne La Valley
- ISBN: 9780544699472
- Page: 329
- Format: Hardcover
In order to save her family s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority Uyghur background Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people A workplace survival storyIn order to save her family s farm, Roshen, sixteen, must leave her rural home to work in a factory in the south of China There she finds arduous and degrading conditions and contempt for her minority Uyghur background Sustained by her bond with other Uyghur girls, Roshen is resolved to endure all to help her family and ultimately her people A workplace survival story, this gritty, poignant account focuses on a courageous teen and illuminates the value and cost of freedom.
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This story blew me away. The blurb alone is what made me want to read it because it's based on stories the author heard while on her travels. This heartbreaking yet powerful story will stay with me for a whileTC.-------------Full review can be found here: agingerlyreview.wordpressThis book had been on my radar for a while. I kept seeing it offered by my library (Overdrive) and it really caught my attention. Finally one day I took the plunge and read it. HOLY. SCHNIKES. I was not ready for the se [...]
Factory Girl is a story of a group of young Uyghur girls, one of many ethnic minorities living in China, that will pull at your heartstrings.Roshen is sixteen and looking forward to becoming a teacher and marrying her sweetheart. All that changes when she is forced by the Chinese government to become a factory girl to serve her country for one year. Her family risks losing their farm if she doesn’t go. The location of the factory is very far from her home in a totally different part of the cou [...]
Noted as a YA book, I found the story of Roshen, a sixteen year old Uyghur girl, to be an interesting and easy read. Sent to work in a sewing factory in China for a year, Roshen seems to me to be similar to young girls in this country, New York particularly, the difference being that those N.Y. sewing factories were shut down here almost a hundred years ago! The book provides details of the Muslim culture and how Roshen and other Uyghur girls were misled, treated, and basically imprisoned in the [...]
I have literally never heard of this ethnic group before, but the apparent hostility they face from Chinese government is shocking. I've also never quite been faced with the fact that China apparently has some 19th century factory conditions with a side of involuntary indentured servitude going on. My heart ached for Roshen the whole way through the book. On the bright side, reading this for a while will really make you appreciate your current work conditions (including being paid), the ability [...]
3.5 /5 The second half saved it
Roshen is 16. She is one of the Uyghur people who live in Northern China. She loves school and hopes to be a teacher one day. However, a cadre from the Chinese government come and basically conscript her into working at a factory far from her home. She and the other girls are treated harshly for very little pay. But Roshen is tough and determined to survive this and return to her family.Based on real events that are little known. I think this is an important book for awareness of the Uyghur cult [...]
Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley covers some very serious subject for young adults. At first it seemed a bit slow but that was a big contrast to her life before and afterhe she has been selected. Roshen is sixteen and life seems to be off to a great start. She is a good student, loves her family and the boy that she is to marry in the future. Then she is selected to spend a year at a Chinese sewing factory in Hubei. It is billed as a great honor to be selected but the truth is that her family's [...]
A not-so-happy book, but an important one. It's clear the author did a great deal of research and hard work to accurately portray the experiences of these girls.
Thanks for my copy of Factory Girl by Josanne La Valley. This is a book of fiction but it is a story about girls in the northern part of China who are forced to work in Chinese factories. This part of the story is true based on the author's understanding of working in these sweat shops. I could not put this book down and I highly recommend it. Since the girls are Muslim, the author describes some of the religious customs and dress. I found the book informative as well as touching.
Inspired by the author’s experiences while traveling in northern China, the author uses the fictional story of Roshen to shed light on the young Uyghur (pronounced WEE-gur) women who are transported thousands of miles to work in Chinese factories. Intense and eye-opening, but a little spoiled by a passive protagonist. See my full review here.
Factory Girl is about a girl who gets selected to work in China. She knows that if she doesn't go, her family will lose the farm. This story was hard to read at first because of it being slow, but it picked up. She and the rest of the girls go through hardships along the way. It was quite an interesting read.
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Everyone should check to be sure they are buying products that are not made in countries that use child and unethical labor. This book follows the story of a girl in China taken against her will from her village to work for very little pay in a factory. It is an emotional and captivating story.
Very good! I can't believe this is happening in our current day! I thought it was history.
I learned about a whole culture through this novel. I'm glad their story was told. My heart breaks for these people, and many others throughout the world in similar situations.
Josanne LaValley’s Factory Girl seemed like a kind of read I needed to get my hands on. I’m usually reading mysteries, thrillers or contemporary romances, so this was actually a new kind of story for me that I was quite interested in. It has a new setting — the mountains of China — that no other author has really wrote about before in the Young Adult genre, so I was quite excited to request this from the publishers. Although it originally seemed to be something I might be interested in, [...]
YA book that caught my eye at the library. It is about Uyghur (pronounced WEEgur) girls that the Chinese force to leave their homes to work in Chinese factories. According to the book, they are indentured (paying off the costs of getting them to the factories, their uniforms, and terrible food they are fed). They are practically slaves, so far from home that they cannot escape, not allowed to speak their language or contact their relatives. Some of the families have to send the girls because the [...]
Mon Dieu . au 21eme siècle des choses pareilles peuvent encore exister y penser la prochaine fois qu'on achete des vetements a bas prix fabriques en Chine a mettre dans la meme catagorie de livres qui ouvrent les yeux que Diamond Boy et The bitter side of Sweet- sur les diamands et le chocolat.
Sensitive story, perhaps a little long in the telling, but touches upon a group of people not yet covered in YA multicultural literature.
Roshen makes a life-changing journey. In the Northern China desert, sixteen-year-old Roshen plans to become a teacher while living contentedly on her family's farm, grateful for the bounty of their crops and the comfort of their Muslim traditions. In a dramatic twist, a government representative arrives one day, rounding up Roshen with several other Uyghur girls. Sent to work in a factory in Southern China, Roshen must stay for one year to prevent her family from losing their farm. The Uyghur gi [...]
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