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Chu Ju's House by Gloria Whelan

Book Summary

When her family has a new baby girl – and that’s one too many - fourteen-year-old Chu Ju decides to leave home so that her baby sister can stay. She takes a series of different jobs and learns about people as she learns new skills.

Chu Ju's House book cover
Chu Ju's House

Book Review

This book raises some interesting discussion possibilities about the far-reaching consequences of laws that affect families. It's also a story of a brave heroine who takes multiple risks to try to do what's best for the people she loves. Through her work on a fishing boat, a silk worm farm, and a rice paddy, Chu Ju learns new skills and she learns that people can be both cruel and selfish, and kind and generous.

Topics and Themes for this book:

  • Hard Work
  • Growing Up
  • Family Relationships
  • Taking Risks; Learning New Things

Discussion Questions for this book:

The best discussion questions, of course, are generated by and contemplated by readers. These questions are designed to avoid major spoilers about the book, and to provide a starting point for teachers, parents, and student reading groups.

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