A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream
In 1977, when Zhongmei Lei was eleven years old, she learned that the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy was having open auditions. She'd already taken dance lessons, but everyone said a poor country girl would never get into the academy, especially without any connections in the Communist Party of the 1970s. But Zhongmei, whose name means Faithful Plum, persisted, even going on a hunger strike, until her parents agreed to allow her to go. She traveled for three days and two nights to get to Beijing and eventually beat out 60,000 other girls for one of 12 coveted spots. But getting in was easy compared to staying in, as Zhongmei soon learned. Without those all-important connections she was just a little girl on her own, far away from family. But her determination, talent, and sheer force of will were not something the teachers or other students expected, and soon it was apparent that Zhongmei was not to be underestimated.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - abbylibrarian - LibraryThing
This is an amazing story of perseverance and dedication to art. Even though it meant three days and two nights of torturous travel on filthy trains crammed with people, eleven-year-old Li Zhongmei was ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryGirl11 - LibraryThing
A fictionalized account of dancer Li Zhongmei's journey from the Chinese backcountry to the world stage,mainly focusing on her entrance into the Beijing Dance Academy and her first year at the school ... Read full review