Nancy Keane's Booktalks -- Quick and Simple
Williams, Lori Aurelia.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2005
ISBN 0689868782
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At 14-years-old, China has had a very hard life.  Her mother died young and China got pregnant at 12.  Now she is an overprotective mother to a 2-year-old daughter.  As if her life is not hard enough, her daughter dies and China descends into grief and despair.  To assuage her grief, China plans an elaborate funeral that she cannot afford.  And now she is indebted to the funeral parlor owner who has a way for China to make money to pay off the debt.  Working as a coat check girl in a strip club.  Things quickly go from bad to worse as she quits school and tragedy.  Is there any hope for China?
SUBJECTS:     Teenage mothers -- Fiction.
                        Mothers and daughters -- Fiction.
                        Single-parent families -- Fiction.
                        Poor -- Fiction.
                        Uncles -- Fiction.
                        African Americans -- Fiction.
                        Death -- Fiction.
                        Funeral rites and ceremonies -- Fiction.
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