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Description - Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah

When Adeline Yen Mah's mother died giving birth to her, the family considered Adeline bad luck and she was made to feel unwanted all her life.

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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780141304878
ISBN-10: 0141304871
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 16mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Puffin
Publisher: Penguin Random House Children's UK
Publish Date: 2-Sep-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Book Review: Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah - Reviewed by (13 Aug 2012)

This is the autobiography of the author, Adeline Yen Mah, who wrote the book, "falling Leaves". Adeline's life was conflicted as her siblings all believed she was the bad luck charm as her birth was their mothers' death. So through her life, she struggled to keep up with her life. Her father then married a French beauty who treated Adeline as a undeserving child and always scolded her. This book is about how Adeline Yen Mah overcame the odds, and became a successful and knowledgeable person. The themes incorporated are loss, and family relationship problems. All her thoughts and beliefs are portrayed in this book.

Author Biography - Adeline Yen Mah

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.

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