Girl in Translation is the story of eleven year old Kimberly, and her mother, Ma, who emigrate from China only to live in a vacant; rat infested apartment building in Brooklyn’s Chinatown. Ma works an exhausting job earning measly pennies in her sister’s sweatshop. At first Kimberly is misplaced in the American school, but in time her brilliance shines through and she is sent to a private school for gifted students. During her school years, she hides the true depression that is her home life. Kimberly falls in love with Matt, another Chinese immigrant who works at the sweatshop, only to be separated by heartbreaking circumstances. It is a compelling coming of age story with credible characters and many heart-wrenching moments.