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Chinese Cinderella: The Secret Story of an Unwanted Daughter Paperback – 2 Sep 1999

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin; Abridged Ed edition (2 Sept. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141304871
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141304878
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 209,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Adeline Yen Mah first told her story in the emotive, bestselling Falling Leaves, an adult autobiography which charted her passage from childhood through to womanhood. Here in Chinese Cinderella she relates her tale for younger readers, detailing her difficult life as an unwanted and deeply misunderstood child.

Christened with the Chinese name Jun-ling, her mother died just a few days after her birth, and from that moment her fate within her family was sealed. As one of seven siblings, including two children from her father's second marriage, Jun-ling struggled to maintain her dignity from a young age, treated as she was with a vicious contempt by all around her at home, apart from her beloved Aunt Baba and her elderly grandfather.

Growing up as she did in a relatively wealthy Chinese family in the 40s and 50s, the privileges that money would normally give such a child passed her by, and even her intelligence which shone through as early as kindergarten could not save her from the emotional brutality of a family who simply did not love her.

Jun-ling¹s story, written from the very heart of the successful adult she has become, is a stinging and hostile tale of a child whose young life was blighted by lack of care and affection and is an emotional roller coaster journey which, without actually falling into the trap of melodrama, will wring tears of rage, sadness and deep, deep frustration from any reader. (Age 10 and over) --Susan Harrison

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"This memoir is hard to put down." -- "Publishers Weekly", Starred

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"This memoir is hard to put down." -- "Publishers Weekly," Starred

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After being bought for me as a birthday present, I have now read this book soooooo many times, simply because it is very touching. It is the story of an unwanted child, who is rejected by her stepmother and mentally abused. To continue with this story, Falling Leaves, by the same author, is the full biography of her.
The book is simple, which is one of the reasons that it touches your heart. It will appeal to all ages, and is an ideal present, even if you don't read much.
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Since buying Chinese Cinderella a year ago, I have read it three times! Adeline Yen Mah is an amazing writer who will reduce you to tears and laughter at her childhood story. After Adeline's birth, her mother died, and so her family believed her to be bad luck and discriminated against her all her life. It is a painful story, which is very touching and memorable and I would recommend it to the young and old. You can't help but symphasise with this spectacular woman and her story and for that reason it is impossible to put down.
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Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
This book is a true account of Adeline Yen Mah’s childhood. When Adeline’s mother dies giving birth to her, the family consider Adeline bad luck. The only people that did not think that she was inferior were her Aunt Baba and her grandfather who helped her overcome her awful childhood.

The book starts off when Adeline is four and how her three older brothers and one older sister, tormented her. These matters were not helped when Adeline came top of her class for a whole term in a row. Adeline’s father re-marries and her stepmother abuses her. Adeline’s stepmother has two children and it is clear that she favours them over the rest of the children.
When Adeline grows up, she becomes extremely clever and very popular. Adeline, against her parents’ orders, goes to her best friends birthday party. As a result of this, she is sent to boarding school. While she is at boarding school her grandfather dies, a tragic moment in her life. Then the turning point for Adeline is when she enters a writing competition and wins first prize. Her father is impressed and grants Adeline’s wish, to go and study at university in England.
I relished reading this book because it was moving, and full of drama and suspense. The author tells the story in the first person. My favourite scene was when Adeline won the writing competition because the chances were not in her favour. My favourite character was Aunt Baba because she was persistent in helping Adeline whatever the circumstances.
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No wander Adeline Yen Mah was compelled to write of her childhood. In this amazing yet painful story of a little girl who was considered bad luck by her parents, hated by her siblings and beaten by her stepmum, adeline struggles for love and acceptance. Adeline is clever. She wins prizes at her school but her father does not want to know. Only her Aunt Baba notices and loves Adeline for who she is. The family decide to leave Tianjin and move house to Shanghai. Adeline is almost forgotten. Infact on her first day at school in Shanghai, nobody remembers even to come and pick her up. This poor little girl is left to find her way home through the busy, bustling streets of Shanghai. Adelines life changes massively when she recives a pet duckling. Adeline now has a friend and she loves it so much. But as nothing can go smoothly for Adeline due to her family, this helpless duckling does not remain with Adeline as a consequence of Jackie, the family's German Shepherd and her fathers attempt to train it. Adeline's evil stepmum probably hates her the most. She has no sypathy, even when Adeline's friends come round to the house to congratulate her on winning Class President, Niang shouts at them all to go away and openly slaps Adeline round the face in front of her friends. I found this part of the book the saddest because just when Adeline is being praised for a great achievement, she is totally put down by her step mum and publicly humiliated. Adeline is sent to boarding school in Hong Kong. She is forced to leave Aunt Baba who encouraged her to be brave and strong. Adeline certainly needs to be brave and strong to fight many dangers and events at the boarding school. Adeline boards there for a long time.Read more ›
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By A Customer on 26 Mar. 2001
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Chinese Cinderella was a very touching book It really made you feel in Adeline's place. You could feel her longing to have a happy life and how much she loved her Aunt Baba. It also described what growing up in China was like. It wasn't too factual, but kept to yhe story line. When I was reading it I didn't want to put it down! I finished it in 4 hours! Again I'd like to say how enjoyable this book was - I liked it so much I got FALLING LEAVES the next day!
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By A Customer on 26 Dec. 2001
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This book contains a lot of similarities compared to Dave Pelzer's "A Child Called It" but, somehow you can sometimes relate to it. Although "A Child Called It" is agreeably quite disturbing, this book really and truly does take your breath away. I honestly and knowingly do recommend this book to anyone who read "A Child Called It" and found it quite meaningful and emotional. I seriously did enjoy and at the same time felt awful for Adeline. Why? Because it really makes you think about all those poor children in this world who dont have parents that love them like you or me. To find out what happens to Adeline and how she survives such a terrible life, read Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah because truthfully, before I started to read his book, I HATED soppy, emotional books. But, once I started reading it, I became so hooked to this book, I have reached a total of reading it 4 TIMES!!! So go on and read it because it really is an AMAZINGLY TOUCHING book!!!
By: Najah Alam, age 11
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