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Beautiful country, J. R. Thornton

Label
Beautiful country
Title
Beautiful country
Statement of responsibility
J. R. Thornton
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A coming-of-age story set in modern day China centering on the friendship between an American and a Chinese boy who meet while training with Beijing's Junior National Tennis Team. Chase Robertson arrives in Beijing as a fourteen-year-old boy still troubled by the recent death of his older brother. He discovers a country in transition; a society in which the dual systems of Communist Era state control and an emerging entrepreneurial culture exist in paradox. A top ranked junior tennis player in the U.S., Chase joins the practices of the Beijing National Junior Tennis Team and is immersed in the brutal, cut-throat world of Chinese sport. It is a world in which gifted children are selected at the ages of six or seven for specialized sport schools where they devote their entire youth to the pursuit of athletic excellence and are paid as professionals by the state. Athletes find themselves compelled to do anything possible to succeed-right or wrong. Those who fail to reach the pinnacle are cast aside and are left facing a desperate future without hope. In China, Chase gains access to a culture rarely open to Westerners, and soon finds himself caught up in secrets. When his closest friend and teammate turns to him for help, Chase is faced with the dilemma of what to do when friendship, rules, and morals are in conflict. A big-hearted debut, Beautiful Country explores a friendship against the backdrop of a quickly changing country
Summary
Fourteen-year-old Chase travels to China and joins the practices of the Beijing National Junior Tennis Team where he is immersed in the brutal world of Chinese sport, but when his new friend needs help, he is faced with a dilemma
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10495412
Cataloging source
BTCTA
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Thornton, J. R.
Dewey number
823.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
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  • Friendship
  • High school juniors
  • Tennis players
  • Culture conflict
  • Beijing (China)
  • Culture conflict
  • Friendship
  • High school juniors
  • Tennis players
  • China
Target audience
adolescent
Label
Beautiful country, J. R. Thornton
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn913332559
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780062411914
Lccn
2017295028
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)913332559
Label
Beautiful country, J. R. Thornton
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn913332559
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
308 pages
Isbn
9780062411914
Lccn
2017295028
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)913332559

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