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A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream Kindle Edition

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Length: 290 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Age Level: 10 - 12 Grade Level: 5 - 7

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"The book reads more like a novel than a biography.  It's full of re-created dialogue, letters, and visual detail. The vivid descriptions bring China in the post-Cultural Revolution, pre-Tiananmen Square era to life" -- School Library Journal

"The narrative...is packed with cultural information....Inspiring for would-be dancers, Zhongmei Li's gritty success story is also a revealing window into post-Mao China" -- Booklist

"A Girl Named Faithful Plum is rich with genuine heart, inspiring readers as well as making them consider what it takes to achieve true greatness"--New York Times,  Dec. 18, 2001

Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2011:
"A fascinating and memorable account of a life and times difficult to imagine today."

Booklist, September 15, 2011:
Leaving her poor, remote village in 1978, 11-year-old Zhongmei Li traveled an arduous three-day journey to audition for the Beijing Dance Academy. At the end of the highly competitive seven-stage competition, despite her rural background and lack of connections, she was one of the few girls selected. At the academy, a rigid dormitory supervisor and hostile teacher make life miserable for the young student, but the resolute Zhongmei survives the eight-year training and becomes a successful dancer. Written by her U.S. husband, this biography follows the steely, determined dancer through many adversities up to her academy graduation. Although the narrative is occasionally overly descriptive, it is packed with cultural information. It explains, for example, how a list of names is organized for posting, as there is no alphabetical order in Chinese. Inspiring for would-be dancers, Zhongmei Li’s gritty success story is also a revealing window into post-Mao China. — Linda Perkins

About the Author

Growing up in the small town of East Haddam, Connecticut, RICHARD BERNSTEIN always dreamed of seeing the world, and after he finished university he figured a great way to do that would be to become a newspaper reporter. So he became a foreign correspondent for Time Magazine and then the New York Times, which sent him all expenses paid!) to lots of countries, including Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Germany, Poland, South Africa, Mozambique, and about 20 others. Along the way, he wrote thousands of newspaper articles and seven books, mostly for grownups. A Girl Named Faithful Plum is his first book for young readers, but he's sure it won't be his last. After moving around for most of his life, Richard settled in Brooklyn, New York, where he lives with his wife, Zhongmei (who is Faithful Plum!), his son, Elias, and their cat, Lucky.

Product Details

  • File Size: 5371 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (September 13, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 13, 2011
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004J4X9VA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #648,581 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pauline on November 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A fascinating and engaging story of a young girl's determination to follow her dream and the strength of will it took to get her there.
At the end of the book, my only wish was that the story continued...
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What a beautiful story and what a great writing style for telling it!
I read this book in two days, as I just could not stop. The story of Zhongmei is inspiring and moving. It sets an example of how talent and especially will can take you to achieve your goals, no matter the how high you are aiming at and the many obstacles life is disseminated with.
But it also sets an example of how the struggle for your goals does not forcely turn you in a cold hearted person.
I will present this book as a gift to the persons I love most.
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By R Knight on January 27, 2013
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I checked this book out from my daughter's school library, the cover was so beautiful I couldn't resist. Also the fact that it was a non-fiction chapter book for kids intrigued me. Just had no clue how much I was going to enjoy this book! The story of this woman's life as a young child in rural China alone was worth my time. Her determination when she was so young inspired me. RK Everett, WA
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By Isabel, Germany on November 3, 2011
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What a wonderful and touching story and what a great book, defintely one of the most beautiful and intense ones I read for a long time. I feel deeply enriched by it's story and protagonist and it's extraordinary life and strenght. I am glad to have found a book again, which I can recommend to people I care - and lookaly we are cloth to Xmas - so I already have an ideal present for all of them !
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By Lynne Powell on November 19, 2011
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This is an incredible story about perseverance and fortitude for a life an 11 year old girl could only dream about. A wonderfully written true story that gives the reader a tiny glimpse of life in China in the late 70's and the struggles to become a world class ballerina. The story is a great read for anyone and a good book for young aspiring artists.

Lynne
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By Annamarie on December 16, 2011
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I just finished this book and had the pleasure of meeting both the dancer and the author. This book is a must read for young adults. The struggle and determination of this young woman is nothing short of amazing. Its well written and really pulls you in. I hope to see a sequel to this remarkable story.
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By Andrew on November 15, 2011
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This is a wonderfully engaging book, a story of remarkable courage on the part of an 11 year old girl. All children of around that age should be entranced and inspired. Moreover, it gives a tactile, vivid description of a world that has disappeared -- Mao's China. Highly recommended.
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