Friday, May 06, 2005

Chinese Cinderella

Adeline Yen Mah, a writer and a physician, knows about child abuse because she suffered at the hands of her father and step-mother. She is born into a wealthy and powerful family in China in the 1940s, but because her mother died giving birth to her the family labeled her "bad luck". When her father remarries Adeline's life becomes even worse, she is restricted to certain areas in the house. Aunt Baba and Grandfather Ye Ye are the only ones who praise her. Not only does her father mistreat her, but her siblings blame her for their mistreatment.

In Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society, the author builds a novel from her autobiography. The setting is WWII and 12-year-old CC is thrown out the house by her father. She is taken in by Grandma Wu, who is with the Secret Dragon Society. CC meet three boys of differing ethnic and religious backgrounds and they all learn skills that help them become part of the Secret Dragon Society. Their adventures are part of the Japanese occupation of Shanghai and Japan's war with the United States. They are involved in a rescue of some downed American pilots.

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