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Finding Chika

A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family
Written by: Mitch Albom
Narrated by: Mitch Albom
Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
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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 Chika’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. Chika’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 "no one in Haiti can help you with."

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 Chika’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.

©2019 Mitch Albom (P)2019 HarperAudio

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beautiful.

I cried several times throughout this beautiful story of a little girl who was a fighter.

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Incredibly moving!

I have been a fan of Mitch Albom for a long time, starting with Tuesdays with Morrie. finding chika is an amazing wonderful story that I have enjoyed thoroughly! thank you for sharing Mitch and Janine Albom. And thank you chika for bringing joy to so many lives!

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  • Ann Grant
  • 2019-11-05

BUY READ AND RECOMMEND THIS BOOK


ONCE AGAIN YOU GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPERIENCE WHAT MAKES LIFE WORTH LIVING.
YOU MAKE ME WANT TO BE A BETTER PERSON.
MAY ALL YOUR ENDEAVORS BE BLESSED.
THANK YOU

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  • K .R.
  • 2019-11-08

Finding Chika

Mitch albom never disappoints me. I read this book and could not put it down. He is an amazing writer and man

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  • Wang Shan
  • 2019-11-08

You will LOVE it! Listen it NOW!

i have been a loyal reader of Mitch Albom's books. The moment i saw this book I know i'd love the story, The audio book is even better!!! The way Mitch tells the story and the sound clips of little Chika made the listening experience fantastic. I recommend it 100%!

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  • 2020-01-17

Love reading His books!! God Bless you and your wife!!

What a wonderful blessing Chika was!! Thank you for such a touching story! I can’t wait to meet you on Monday, 1/20/2020! My daughter, Jessica-bought me this book and tickets for a Christmas gift!! One of my favorite gifts!! I absolutely loved this book!! I love Chika!! I found myself tearing up and smiling at times! Thank you, Mr. Mitch!

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  • Der Dachsy
  • 2020-01-17

Mitch Albom is the Bomb!

This is not my first book by Mitch Albom. Every book has been exceptional, this one is no different. This story is about a young girl from Haiti, and how she became part of the Albom family. Everything about this story will drag you in and hold on to you, down to the last word.

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  • claudia brown
  • 2020-01-15

Finding Chika was simply amazing

This book/story was simply amazing showing love and heartbreak for someone so precious that you didn’t give birth to but was so loving and warm she became embedded in your heart and soul. I love the fact that the writer and his wife look beyond race and love that baby as they gave birth to her. Very good book.
Claudia SC

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  • MLK
  • 2020-01-15

Warms my heart...

Incredibly touching story! Thank you, Mitch, for reminding us how precious life is and for the wonderful work you do in Haiti!

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  • April BP
  • 2020-01-14

An Incredible Story

This book touched me in the most profound way. I feel as if I know Chika. Her journey is not one I’d wish on anyone. Nevertheless, her life as told by Mitch Albom will touch other lives in the most remarkable way for generations to come.

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  • D. Petty
  • 2020-01-11

Inspiring

Loved it! Warmed my heart!

We should all be as strong as this extraordinary child when facing what we think are challenges in life! We should all love like Ms. Janine and Mr. Mitch and the world would be a better place.

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  • Sheila M Westervelt
  • 2020-01-09

Heart warming

Loved it. Moved to tears through the whole story. Great way to let you feel a part of this families journey.