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Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society Hardcover – December 28, 2004
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About the Author
Adeline Yen Mah is the author of Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter, an ALA Best Book for Young Readers and a Publishers Weekly Best Book. Her other books include the New York Times best-seller Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter; A Thousand Pieces of Gold: A Memoir of China’s Past Through Its Proverbs; and Watching the Tree: A Chinese Daughter Reflects on Happiness, Traditions, and Spiritual Wisdom. Millions of readers worldwide celebrate the way Ms. Mah conveys the power of the human spirit in her writings.
Ms. Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China. When she won a writing competition at the age of fourteen, she convinced her father to send her to school in England, where she later received a medical degree. Following the success of falling leaves, she has pursued her lifelong dream of being a fulltime writer.
Adeline Yen Mah lives in California and England with her husband. If you wish to review this book or contact the author, visit her online at
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It also teaches us readers about life in China in general during this time in history. How the Chinese people were treated by the Japanese and the many crimes that were done against them.
The only joy of Ye Xian was visiting her big aunt, and she was the one who recommended the new English name (Chinese Cinderella to describe her situation) to her. However, even that came to a halt after she left on an "urgent business" to an island far away. Afterwards, she came to biting on her stepmother (it was self-defense) and her father got so mad that he picked Ye Xian up like a kitten, and threw her out the front door, never wanting her to come back again.
While lost and angry, Ye Xian remembered there was still hope for her, and that she previously got a card which said "we help the opposed and the downtrodden" in it, so she went to visit the place mentioned in the handout, and from then, her life changed: from an innocent girl with rough start at life to a full-time member of the dragon society of wandering knights.
The book's progress is graduate, fast if it was a long novel, but normal for a short book (depends on how you read it), and it really is action packed, and overflowing with intensity and excitement. The character progressions are well times, and there is, in my opinion, not a single nick in the story.
I really enjoyed this book, and I hope you, and everyone else would too, after reading. I recommend it to everyone who is interested in destinies, and Chinese kung-fu actions.