This novel explores a moment of contemporary history and a culture that is underrepresented in YA realistic fiction—School Library Journal, *starred review
Gujiao, China, 2009
Luli has just turned sixteen and aged out of the orphanage where she's spent her childhood. Her friend Yun has promised to help her get work.
Yun loves the independence that her factory job brings her. For the first time in her life she has her own money and can get the things she wants: nice clothes, a phone . . . and Yong, her new boyfriend.
There are rumors about Yong, though. Rumors that he’s a bride trafficker, romancing young women only to kidnap them and sell them to bachelors in the countryside. Yun doesn’t believe it. But then she discovers she’s pregnant—the same day she gets fired from her job. If she can’t scrape together enough money to terminate the pregnancy, she’ll face huge fines for having an unauthorized child.
Luli wants to help her friend, but she’s worried about what Yong might do . . . especially when Yun disappears.
*Coming November 2018 from Carolrhoda Lab™/Lerner Publishing Group*