Finding Chika

Finding Chika

A Little Girl, An Earthquake, and the Making of A Family

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"Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that 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. Finding 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."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York, New York : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062952394
Characteristics: 243 pages :,illustrations, portraits ;,20 cm.

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wyenotgo
Jan 11, 2020

Readers familiar with Mitch Albom, especially those who have read "For One More Day" or "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" will be prepared for his particular brand of magical realism. If that puts you off, it's unfortunate, because in all other respects this is a very fine book, one of his best. This is of course a deeply emotional story — I defy anyone to read it with a dry eye to the end — but it's also tremendously insightful, as expressed by Albom in six "lessons":
I am your protection
Time changes
A source of wonder
Kid tough
When children are yours and not yours
When a marriage becomes a family
What we carry
... the last perhaps being the most profound lesson of all;
"What we carry defines who we are. And the effort we make is our legacy."

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Tica77
Jan 06, 2020

What an absolutely beautiful story! Have a box of tissues nearby!

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MillieBT
Jan 03, 2020

Fantastic could not stop crying

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