Chinese Cinderella: The true story of an unwanted daughter

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Grades 9 - 12Grades 5 - 10n/a5.749573
A riveting memoir of a girl's painful coming-of-age in a wealthy Chinese family during the 1940s.

A Chinese proverb says, "Falling leaves return to their roots." In Chinese Cinderella, Adeline Yen Mah returns to her roots to tell the story of her painful childhood and her ultimate triumph and courage in the face of despair. Adeline's affluent, powerful family considers her bad luck after her mother dies giving birth to her. Life does not get any easier when her father remarries. She and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for -- the love and understanding of her family.

Following the success of the critically acclaimed adult bestseller Falling Leaves, this memoir is a moving telling of the classic Cinderella story, with Adeline Yen Mah providing her own courageous voice.
Mass Market Paperback, 240 pages
Published on March 13, 2001 by Laurel Leaf
ISBN-10: 0440228654
ISBN-13: 9780440228653
18 Book Reviews
  • Book Criticabout 3 years
    This is a very good and intriguing book that I think everyone should read at some point. It will make you realize many good life lessons; some being that you have to be grateful of who and what you are, being thankful and grateful for your parents, and to create your own destiny. It will be a very good book for our current generation as they can realize that things shouldn't always be taken for granted. Anyone can enjoy this book, whether you are 5 or 80.
    • enyac
      enyacover 5 years
      I really like this book because, this teach me about how lucky I wad born in this family. This book is talking about, Adeline and her siblings are subjected to the disdain of her stepmother, while her stepbrother and stepsister are spoiled. Although Adeline wins prizes at school, they are not enough to compensate for what she really yearns for the love and understanding of her family.
      • enyac
        enyacalmost 6 years
        I think Adeline stepmom is so mean, I don't get why Adeline stepmom is always so mean to her. I think this book is very sad because Adeline have a terrible family that don't trust her, take care about her. I feel sad and unfair for Adeline, because her stepsister is spolid and she is not. This book let me knows about how lucky I am.
        • tiya25
          Ms. Usuover 6 years44 stars
          This is horrific story.Everyone should read it.I'll make sure not to spoil anything.But it's a true story.
          • caitlynr
            caitlynrover 6 years55 stars
            This is a very sad book. This is a very great book
            • mirsings14
              mirsings14over 6 years
              This is one of the best books I've ever read. It's autobiography which I love and is written as if you were in the situation. I recommend anyone who loves autobiographys to read this book it's absolutely amazing.
              • strawberrycake
                strawberrycakeabout 7 years55 stars
                Best book
                • strawberrycake
                  strawberrycakeabout 7 years55 stars
                  This book is the best book I've read in a long time
                  • linsa
                    linsaalmost 8 years44 stars
                    This book is about the life of a little girl that grows up to be a wise woman. Throughout her life she experiences both happiness and pain. This book is a great book to read, but I would recommend this book mainly for girls.
                    • bossover 8 years
                      It was really good it emotion and great story line.