Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society
Adeline Yen Mah is the author of the critically acclaimed Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter. Now she brings a new companion story to her fans, a fascinating blend of historical fiction and martial-arts adventure. Set in China during World War II, Ye Xian or as she is known, Chinese Cinderella, is thrown out of her house and onto the cruel streets of Shanghai, where Japanese soldiers patrol every inch. She takes refuge at the Martial Arts Academy, where Grandma Wu introduces her to a new family. She makes friends with three boys who are acrobats and soon finds herself on a secret mission that will change her life forever. The gripping text is followed by a historical note, glossary of Chinese words, Chinese zodiac, and bibliography, which make this a wonderful accompaniment to a World War II curriculum or study of China.
Like Donna Jo Napoli’s Bound (reviewed above), this novel is not your typical Cinderella story, but they both are intriguing examples of how our beloved fairy tale can be interpreted by skillful authors. And they make great additions to a collection of Cinderella tales. (Ages 9-12)