Chinese Cinderella, Volume 1

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Penguin Group Australia, Aug 2, 1999 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 233 pages
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Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Her stepmother is vindictive and cruel andher father dismissive. Jung-ling grows up to be an academic child, with a natural ability for writing. Only her aunt and grandfather offer her any love and kindness. The story is of survival in the light of the mental and physical cruelty of her stepmother and the disloyalty of her siblings. Jung-ling blossoms in spite of everything and the story ends as her father agrees to let her study in England.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

Different. Maybe 2.5 stars. She wasn't made a scullery maid, as was the Cinderella of tradition - and she did have her Ye Ye and her Aunt Baba, alive and well - but she was truly unloved by her step ... Read full review

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User Review  - mariahsidhe - LibraryThing

This is one of my favorite stories, as well as one of the saddest I have ever read. I can't help but feel hopeful for the girl as she goes through life being unwanted and the world tries to break her soul. Instead the girl rises above it all and becomes more than even she thought she could be. Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Adeline Yen Mah lives in California after growing up in Tianjin and Shanghai, in China, Hong Kong and England. She studied medicine but gave up her career as a physician to become a full-time writer. After the death of her stepmother, she felt compelled to write her story and the result, FALLING LEAVES, has become an international best-seller.