Grade 6 Up—Novel-sized, and with a novel's worth of action, romance, betrayal, and irony, this immensely readable account of the entirety of Chinese history is sure to captivate readers. The chapters are broken into one- or two-page sections, with many brief sidebars, making the book accessible and unintimidating. Plentiful illustrations—photographs as well as reproductions—enliven nearly every page. Mah writes in a personal, friendly tone, at one point warning readers to "jump two paragraphs if you don't like violence." Clearly, she is telling stories that she knows well, and she doesn't skimp on the details, which can be gory, tragic, slightly saucy, or merely entertaining. Well-labeled, good-sized maps are provided on a regular basis, as are metric and English measurements and currency conversion where appropriate. This is an authoritative and entertaining account of the plucky orphans, egotistical monarchs, raving beauties, and scheming empresses who made China what it is today.—Paula Willey, Baltimore County Public Library, Towson, MD
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Adeline Yen Mah divides her time between Los Angeles, London, Shanghai, and Hong Kong. You can visit her at www.adelineyenmah.com.
Great book, easy to read for children. But spelling mistakes and Abit all over the place re story lines take one star offPublished 13 months ago by FONG W. Chi Wai
We are using this book for a study of China. Absolutely recommend this book! So far we have enjoyed learning about the Han and Song Dynasty. Read morePublished 19 months ago by T. Richards
The essence of Chinese culture and history captivatingly told for readers of all ages. Adeline Yen Mah tells you these stories in short fascinating segments. Read morePublished 22 months ago by P.C.