LaValley, Josanne Factory Girl, 265 pages. Clarion Books, 2017. $17.99. Language: G (No swears.); Mature Content: PG-13; Violence: PG;
Roshen is a 16 year old Uyghur girl. Uyghur is pronounced WEEgur. She is a smart girl and wants to be a teacher but her life is turned upside down when she is told that she will have to leave her family to go and work in a factory in China, implementing the Transfering Surplus Labor Force to Inner China policy. She meets 11 other Uyghur girls who she travels with, befriends, and then protects while at the factory. The work is strenuous, the living conditions are horrendous, and her bosses are cruel. She tries to get through all of the pain and suffering by thinking about her boyfriend, Ahmat, and the life she hopes to have with him. But she isn’t sure he will even want her when she returns because she feels dirty after being touched by a man and forced to abandon her religious beliefs.
This was an excellent book. It was very well written and gave me the desire to learn more about the Uyghur people and the sad circumstances in which they live. The emotions were real that the girls were experiencing. I had to give it a PG-13 rating for mature content due to refences to drugging a man, pulling down man’s pants and what was there, and prostitution.
HS - ESSENTIAL. Candice Woolley