This young adult novel by Gloria Whelan documents the travels of a fourteen-year-old Chinese girl who runs away from home to protect her unborn sister from the one-child-only law. She lies to cover up her past, living with a family on a fishing boat, an orphanage for rejected girls, and with an old woman on a farm whose son has grown up and moved to the city.
A story about bravery, sacrifice, and love, but also a coming-of-age story, Chu Ju’s House is my favorite young adult novel. I adored it when I was a kid and read it many times. Recommended for young teen girls, especially those with sisters.