Author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine run an orphanage in Haiti, and they received a call that one of their favorite children, 5 year old Chika, had something very wrong The only MRI machine in Haiti identified a brain mass, so they brought Chika to Michigan to see if they could get treatment for her She had a rare incurable brain tumor which attacks young children, but they tried everything, including extended stays in Germany for an experimental treatment The book was very thought provoking, because I wondered how far I would go to try and save my child Would I keep seeking a cure, as they did, despite the fact that most doctors told them that it was hopeless Would I keep looking, even while the child was bedridden with a feeding tube Or would I have put her on hospice care with minimal intervention Who can say Have some tissues handy as you read this one. So many feelings about this book I knew after the first chapter that I would not be able to put it down I finished it in just under six hours The way mitchalbom tells a story ,is what propelled me through this book And this one will resonate with everyone I don t like to write a synopsis in my reviews, so I will just say this You will learn something about yourself when you read this book It will touch your heart and yes, have tissues ready I received this ebook from Edelweiss for my honest review. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and NetGalley for an Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.Touching tribute to Chitka, whom the author and his wife rescued from a Haitian orphanage so she could receive better medical care in the United States I loved Chitka s spirit I will think of her when things are tough I was a bit confused at times if the author was imagining Chitka s presence or if they were true memories My favorite book by this author remains Tuesdays with Morrie. Thank you so much to NETGALLEY for providing me with this most wonderful book.This is a touching tribute to a child who capture the heart and soul of author Mitch Albom and his wife Janine You will laughyou will crybut you will never forget the story of this very special family Mr Albom is honest and pulls no punches in his feelings and experiences in relating the story of how their little family came to be The story is told in a very unique manner which makes this book a joy to read A very special journey that should not be missed. I am blessed to have had the opportunity to read this book prior to its release on November 5, 2019 To all the fans of Mitch Albom, and who isn t a fan his books have collectively sold than 40 million copies I can assure you that this non fiction book is Mr Albom at his best The book is subtitled a little girl, an earthquake and the making of a family The little girl is Chika, a three year old child who was orphaned in the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010 As a result, Chika came to live in the Haitian orphanage run by the author Though she be but little, she is fierce Chika s vibrant and assertive personality made her a favorite When she was five, she developed some devastating symptoms and so Mr Albom brought her back to America for treatment Chika s prognosis was grim, but that is not the real story of this book The real story is how Mr Mitch , Miss Janine and Chika created a family In his simple, clear, open way, the author shares how the love for a child changed his life for the better He saw that a family can be created from a variety of materials and God s love shines through children Filled with faith, inspiration, and hope, this lovely book will take you away from your everyday concerns and have you thinking about life, love and the big picture If you cry easily, this book will wrench you from the start But I don t think Chika would want you to be sad She would want you to live and have fun and tell people that you love them Many thanks to NetGalley, and HarperCollins Publishers for a digital review copy This is my honest review And thanks to the author for his beautiful spirit Mr Albom founded a charity in Detroit that oversees nine full time charities and in 2010 he began operating a mission and orphanage in Haiti. There s hardly a writer around who tugs at the heart like Mitch Albom He jettisoned into fame with Tuesdays with Morrie, 1997 After a string of stirring titles, Mitch shines again with Finding Chika, a Little Girl, and Earthquake, and the Making of a Family, a slim memoir about a Haitian orphan Mitch and his wife Janine take in.Unable to have children, the Albom s new family of three sadly isn t long lived Chika died of a brain tumor at age seven, two years after Albom took her from the orphanage he runs in Haiti for medical treatment in the States Mitch and Janine had no idea what was in store for them when Chika was diagnosed with stage four DIPG, a rare, stealthy cancer that gradually stole the girl s motor skills and led to her death in April 2017 To tell his story, Mitch calls upon Chika s spirit, an apparition of the child appearing to him a year after she passed, on the day of his father s funeral as Mitch sits in front of his computer, unable to write At Chika s urging his fingers take to the keyboard the result an account so poignant as to reduce readers to tears.Chika was only seven when she lost her battle with cancer She was born in 2010, just days before an earthquake hit Haiti killing hundreds of thousands Chika s mother lived through the disaster but later died in childbirth Chika ended up at an orphanage in Port au Prince that Mitch began operating the year of the earthquake He d regularly visit and met Chika, a precocious girl who developed troubling symptoms her face drooped, her gait was uneven The girl needed treatment unavailable in Haiti, so Mitch and Janine, residents of Michigan, took her to a hospital in Detroit, where the ominous diagnosis was delivered Finding Chika highlights Mitch s reminisces of the good times the little family enjoyed, the joy that Chika instilled in others with her sweet smile, funny songs and quips, and the wisdom and courage she displayed in her short life Black and white photos put a face to Chika s name and further enhance this loving tribute. Definitely writing this with tears in my eyes As a huge fan of Tuesdays with Morrie, I knew I needed Mitch Albom s first non fiction in than a decade Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010 Her mom passed away after giving birth to her baby brother, so she was brought to the orphanage that Mitch Albom operates in Port au Prince When Chika is diagnosed with DIPG at five something no one in Haiti can help you with , Mitch and his wife Janine bring her to Detroit in hope of finding a cure Mitch writes about the two years they had together racing to find a cure and they bond they form with the special little girl named Chika.This story is SO incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking the last few chapters are tough to read You can feel the honesty and vulnerability through his words As a parent, I cannot even imagine the pain they went watching her struggle as the disease takes over The love and dedication they have for this special girl is obvious despite her not being their biological child and my heart breaks for them The only reason it s not a 5 star is because I didn t love the format of the book Thank you to Harper Collins for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review Pub date 11 5 2019 Bestselling Author Mitch Albom Returns To Nonfiction For The First Time In Than A Decade In This Poignant Memoir That Celebrates Chika, A Young Haitian Orphan Whose Short Life Would Forever Change His HeartChika Jeune Was Born Three Days Before The Devastating Earthquake That Decimated Haiti In 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 PrinceWith No Children Of Their Own, The Forty 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 LostTold 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 Special thank you to Harper Collins for gifting me with this ARC in exchange for my honest review I was sent this novel as a result of winning a Goodreads giveaway Mitch Albom is no stranger to the best seller lists, and certainly takes the literary world by storm with each book he releases Finding Chika will be no different with its release in November.This is the heart warming story of Chika Jeune, a Haitian orphan born just a few short days before the devastating earthquake of 2010 Following the death of her mother, Chika was brought to the orphanage that Albom operates This chance encounter between Albom and Chika set off a chain of events that forever change the course of both of their lives Once Chika is diagnosed with a disease that can not be treated in her homeland, Mitch and his wife Janine make the decision to bring Chika to America, and thus into their hearts and into their home While this is not necessarily an uplifting, feel good tale, it is a celebration of life story Like all of Albom s works, it is a very quick, read in one sitting kind of book. This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers in exchange for an honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have always been a Mitch Albom fan from his sportscasting to his books such as Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet In Heaven This book made me an even bigger fan of him because it showed his loving vulnerable side and how much love he has in his heart for taking care of Chika This book is a prime example of how reaching out can lead to your life changing for the better and your heart becomes full just like how Mitch s did while taking care of Chika Flying down to Hati and visiting the orphanage changed Mitch s life for the better and if this book does not warm your heart, I do not know what will This book also has a happy ending, and I like happy endings.We will consider adding this title to our Biography collection at our library That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Mitchell David Albom is an author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician His books have collectively sold over 35 million copies worldwide have been published in forty one territories and in forty two languages around the world and have been made into Emmy Award winning and critically acclaimed television movies.
- 256 pages
- Finding Chika
- Mitch Albom
- 15 December 2019 Mitch Albom