Chinese Cinderella

Chinese Cinderella

True Story of An Unwanted Chinese Daughter

Book - 1999
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Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, 1999.
ISBN: 9780385327077
0385327072
Branch Call Number: B MAH ADELINE
Characteristics: xv, 205 p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.

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white_rabbit_907
Apr 13, 2017

In chapter 10, Adeline's brothers fooled Adeline by fake orange juice.
That fake orange was their pee. They are so naughty.
Why Adeline didn't revenge??

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papillon63
Feb 18, 2014

Since I discovered this book in 2003, I have re-read it several times with the same passion. One of my favourite books together with A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

sanchezraul Aug 29, 2013

Chinese Cinderella: The Truth of an Unwanted Daughter is a good book because of the problems that Adeline faced with her life and family.

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mangamuse
Aug 15, 2013

I believe this is a wonderful book. But I somehow feel something is still missing.

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gvlee
Jun 16, 2013

Pedantic, boring, and whiny. If I were a child, I would hate this book, which tries to teach Chinese writing and Chinese history to the reader. The author's story is truly sad, but the stiff, unnatural dialogue and all the educational stuff she tries to stick in there ruins the tale. I picture the author as the type of grown up who speaks to children in a fake sweet voice--she does not establish a feeling of genuine rapport with the reader. Skip this book in favour of the grown up version, Falling Leaves. The reading level and content is about the same, but without the irritating pedantic tone.

RainbowGoldfish Jun 01, 2013

I read this book in the sixth grade and it was so sad. I felt bad for the "Chinese Cinderella" and she deserved to be treated with more respect.

JINGNA_1 May 31, 2013

I love this book! Though i do kinda feel bad for "Cinderella"

blue_jay_209 Apr 29, 2013

I think this was a true story, geez I really hate the cruel family!!!!

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123_its_me
Jul 26, 2012

Her life was so sad. I don't know how she survived in such a horrible family. It was the worst when she described how PLT died. (whoops! should have put a spoiler alert!)

star austin Jul 04, 2012

it was a sad story but had a beautiful ending

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

You mustn’t talk like that! You have your whole life ahead of you. Everything is possible! I’ve tried to tell you over and over that far from being garbage, you are precious and special. Being top of your class merely confirms this. But you can vanquish the demons only when you yourself are convinced of your own worth.”

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

Ye Ye and Aunt Baba. Fountainhead of love, guidance, and inspiration

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

The moment that they moved to their grand mansion in Shanghai from Tianjin, it was quite clear how things would be like: the rules were laid out as soon as they have stepped onto their house (which never really felt like a ‘home’ to me as I read through the entire book

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

they were already ‘special’ from the moment of their birth. Though nobody actually said so, it was simply understood that everyone considered Niang’s ‘real’ children better-looking and smarter than her stepchildren – simply superior in every way.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

Our stepmother, whom we called Niang, was

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

The Evil Stepmom, Cruel and Spoiled Siblings, The Indifferent Father, and the Absence of a Plump, Rosy-cheeked, Absentminded Fairy Godmother.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

“Mama died giving birth to you. If you had not been born, Mama would still be alive. She died because of you. You are bad luck.” (p. 3)

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

"Cautiously, I pushed against the massive iron doorway. Trembling with fear, I realized that no one was coming to pick...

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

"I was winning the medal every week and wearing it constantly. I knew this displeased by siblings, especially Big sister and Second Brother, but it was the only way to make Father take notice and be proud of me."

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

"'When I was three years old, a tight bandage was wound around my feet, bending the toes under the sole and crushing the arch so that my feet would remain small all my life. This has been the custom in China for over a thousand years, ever since the Tang dynasty.'"

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violet_cat_1889 Aug 30, 2013

violet_cat_1889 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

sanchezraul Aug 30, 2013

sanchezraul thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

taupe_dove_0 Jul 14, 2013

taupe_dove_0 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 20

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maddieg918
Jun 18, 2013

maddieg918 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

RainbowGoldfish Jun 01, 2013

RainbowGoldfish thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

awesomeness1301 Apr 15, 2013

awesomeness1301 thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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123_its_me
Jul 24, 2012

123_its_me thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

blue_dog_7314 Jul 16, 2012

blue_dog_7314 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 99

black_alligator_173 Jul 01, 2012

black_alligator_173 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

mirashah Feb 04, 2012

mirashah thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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sanchezraul Aug 29, 2013

The book Chinese Cinderella is a story of a disgraced daughter who is hated by her new parents and siblings. Throughout her childhood Adeline is left lonleyand unloved and has been moved place to place losing everybody she knows. Her only way to be felt was taken away from her. Until, one day she gets her chance to shine.

RainbowGoldfish Jun 01, 2013

Adeline's birth mom dies and her dad get remarried. Adeline gets abused. She doesn't get treated right too.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jun 07, 2012

Adeline's family considers her as bad luck and doesn't pay attention to her throughout her early childhood. This is the story of her struggle for acceptance and how she overcomes the odds to prove her worth. Born the fifth child to a wealthy Chinese family, Adeline's life begins tragically. Adeline's mother died one week after her birth due to complications bought on by the delivery, and in Chinese culture she is considered as bad luck. This situation is compounded by her father's new marriage to a lady who has little affection for her husband's five children. She displays overt antagonism and distrust towards all of the children, particularly Adeline, while favoring her own younger son and daughter born soon after the marriage. The book outlines Adeline's struggle to find a place where she feels she belongs. Denied love from her parents, she finds some solace in relationships with her grandfather (Ye Ye) and her Aunt Baba, but they are taken from her. Adeline immerses herself in striving for academic achievement in the hope of winning favour, but also for its own rewards as she finds great pleasure in words and scholarly success.[1] Adeline progresses through various situations in life, from boarding school to studies abroad.

mirashah Feb 04, 2012

Adeline's life begins tragically. Adeline's mother died two weeks after her birth due to complications bought on by the delivery, and in Chinese culture she is considered bad luck. This situation is compounded by her father's new marriage to a lady who has little affection for her husband's five children. She displayed overt antagonism and distrust towards all of the children, particularly Adeline, while favoring her own younger son and daughter born soon after the marriage. The book outlines Adeline's struggle to find a place where she feels she belongs. Denied love from her parents, she finds some solace in relationships with her grandfather Ye Ye,and her Aunt Baba, but they are taken from her. Adeline immerses herself in striving for academic achievement in the hope of winning favour, but also for its own rewards as she finds great pleasure wrong in words and scholarly success. Adeline progresses through various situations in life, from boarding school to studies abroad.

(from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Cinderella)

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mirashah Feb 04, 2012

Other: Adeline (the main chracter of this story) is many times abused and neglected, and sometimes beaten (nothing too graphic)

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