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The Scavenger's Daughters

Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters, Book One

By Kay Bratt

The Scavenger's Daughters
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2013,
    302 pages.

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  • Barb W. (Mechanicsburg, PA)


    The Scavenger's Daughters
    If it were possible to give half stars, this book would have gotten 4.5 stars instead of only 4. Although the subject is not "feel good," the book is well-written, the characters well-drawn and the content informative and engaging. I have already recommended it to co-workers and library patrons, and I am eagerly awaiting the next book in the series.
  • Lola T. (Broken Arrow, OK)


    The Scavenger's Daughters
    Rarely have I read a book that was as compelling and full of love as this one, and it still be a "page-turner." The "voice" of Benfu bothered me initially, but I came to understand this was part of the development of his character. The character development of all the characters was good, but I especially loved Linnea. Each one had his/her stories and secrets which I'm sure will be revealed in subsequent books--and I'll be reading them!! Whether you enjoy books about China or not, this is an enjoyable book that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend.
  • Joy T. (Garden City, MI)


    Helping your community
    This book left me with such an uplifting feeling. I normally do not like books written in China and about the Mao revolution, but this book was the exception. It is the first in a series and I am looking forward to the next installment. I have told several of my friends that they need to read this book and I will probably have it as one if my picks for my book club next year. A read you shouldn't miss.
  • Kathleen S. (Oshkosh, WI)


    Inspiring Story
    Kay Bratt tells the story of a Chinese man and his wife who have chosen to stand by their principles and show love and compassion to girls who have been abandoned, without regard for their own impoverished circumstances. Although it is set in the context of Mao's "cultural revolution" and its aftermath, the lessons this story teaches are valuable in all societies, political environments, and religions.

    I enjoyed the story and was interested to learn details about what an impact Mao's policies have had in the mindset of modern-day Chinese. I found the characters to be a little too "representative" for my taste- while each was interesting, it seemed like the author was trying a bit too hard to give each character qualities that could represent a particular group of people (physically disabled or altruistic government official, e.g.) rather than really making me feel that they were a real individual. Even so, I found the book entertaining and believe that it has a message that everyone needs to hear.
  • Mary Ellen B. (Boynton Beach, FL)


    Chinese family ties
    A lovely story of a simple man who makes a better life possible for unwanted young girls in China. He and his wife find abandoned orphans and share the little that they have. Based on true events, this heartwarming saga points out flaws in how the Chinese government deals with adoption. A sequel that will the story of this unusual family is planned.
  • Doris K. (Angora, MN)


    The Scavenger's Daughters
    The setting for this book is modern day China. However, the prologue and frequent references to the Cultural Revolution make a strong comparison between these two times. This could lead to an interesting discussion of the lasting effects of the Cultural Revolution on the people of China. Consequently it would be a good read for a book club or anyone interested in historical fiction.

    The descriptions of the daughters' personalities made the book interesting and gave an insight into the Chinese culture. The author leaves enough unfinished in the lives of these girls to encourage the reader to continue the series. I look forward to reading the other books as they become available.
  • Mary Lou F. (Naples, FL)


    CULTURAL DIFFERENCES
    In China, baby girls are thought of as insignificant items. This book shows how one family finds and takes care of these children who are considered orphans as they have been abandoned by their parents. There is a Book Two to this book and I can hardly wait to read it. If you have a daughter, you will cherish her even more after you read this book.
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