Title: Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter
Author: Adeline Yen Mah
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Publication Date: August 2nd, 1999
Age Range: 12 and up
Lexile Reading Level: 960L
After her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline is considered by her family to be unlucky. Her father eventually remarries, but Adeline and her siblings are treated poorly by her new stepmother while her step-siblings are spoiled. Despite the fact that Adeline does well in school and even wins some prizes, she still doesn’t feel the love from her family that she needs.
Not all youth necessarily understand that there are cultures out there that are different from their own. Even though the experiences detailed in this book occur long before any of today’s youth were alive, they will still be able to glean valuable insights on how other cultures might differ. They will also be able to empathize with the main character and understand how to deal with strong emotions. Readers who are interested in history, Chinese culture, or real-life fairy tale tie-ins will enjoy this book.