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Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family (Hardback)

By Albom, Mitch

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Bestselling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake t...hat decimated Haiti in 2010. She spent her infancy in a landscape of extreme poverty, and when her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom operates in Port Au Prince. With no children of their own, the forty-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. Chika's arrival makes a quick impression. Brave and self-assured, even as a three-year-old, she delights the other kids and teachers. But at age five, Chika is suddenly diagnosed with something a doctor there says, No one in Haiti can help you with. Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their household, and their lives, as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika's boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost. Told in hindsight, and through illuminating conversations with Chika herself, this is Albom at his most poignant and vulnerable. Chika is a celebration of a girl, her adoptive guardians, and the incredible bond they formed-a devastatingly beautiful portrait of what it means to be a family, regardless of how it is made.
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ISBN 9780751571936
Released NZ 5 Nov 2019
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780751571936
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
Imprint Sphere
Released 5 Nov 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Albom, Mitch
Category Biography & Autobiography
Poverty
Social Issues: Unemployment
Environmental Impact Of Natural Disasters & Phenomena
Number of Pages 256
Dimensions Width: 144mm
Height: 218mm
Spine: 28mm
Dewey Code 972.94073092
Weight 385g
Interest Age 16+ years
Reading Age 16+ years
Library of Congress Orphans - Biography - Haiti, Terminally ill children - Biography - Haiti, Haiti Earthquake, Haiti, 2010
NBS Text Autobiography: General
ONIX Text General/trade;College/higher education;Professional and scholarly

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