Finding Chika

A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
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Author(s): Mitch Albom
Awards:New York Times Bestseller
Original Publish Date: Nov 05, 2019
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (4.90 hours)
Product Number: Z100153126
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780062952424
Narrator/s: Mitch Albom
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Best-selling author Mitch Albom returns to nonfiction for the first time in more than a decade in this poignant memoir that celebrates Chika, a young Haitian orphan whose short life would forever change his heart. Performed by Mitch Albom with ChikaA??s voice featured throughout. 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 40-plus children who live, play, and go to school at the orphanage have become family to Mitch and his wife, Janine. ChikaA??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 A??no one in Haiti can help you with.A? 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 ChikaA??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.

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CD
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Author(s): Mitch Albom
Narrator(s): Mitch Albom
Product Number DD46867
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781094025247
eBook
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Author(s): Mitch Albom
Product Number EB00754959
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: 26 Circ
Publisher: Harper
ISBN: #9780062952417

Professional reviews

"Mitch Albom and his wife didn't raise kids of their own, but when he talks about having become guardian to a Haitian girl named Chika, his voice takes on a father's tone. The couple brought Chika from their orphanage in Haiti to the U.S. to have a brain tumor treated. The story is framed as an imaginary conversation with the girl, who died at age 7 after beating the odds for nearly two years. Albom gives Chika a childlike bossy, insistent voice for their exchanges. Everything is told in short bursts, with her actual voice occasionally woven into the audiobook. Albom is mostly upbeat, only taking a tearful tone at the end as he recalls the effect Chika had on his life. J.A.S. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"