[Anonymous], girl, age 11, from Somalia, on 13th December 2008. Rating:
I think the book is really good but sad! I have to read fr a english class and I started to cry espically during chapter 11 PLT and how she is treated like crap..... I think lots of girls should read this book even though it might be too sad
sunkangh, boy, age 17, from auckland, New Zealand, on 16th August 2008. Rating: 10/10
This true story of Adeline Yen Mah's childhood in China tells of her courage and triumph over the abuse she suffers at the hands of her father and stepmother. Adeline Yen Mah is born into an affluent and powerful family in China, but her life is made miserable from the moment she is born. After her mother dies giving birth to her, Adeline's family labels her "bad luck," causing her to grow up with the guilt that she alone is responsible for her mother's death. Things at home get even worse when Adeline's father remarries. Restricted to one small area of the house, Adeline and her natural siblings are mistreated while their stepbrother and stepsister receive special treatment. An outstanding student and the winner of many academic awards, Adeline revels in the praise she receives from her Aunt Baba and grandfather, Ye Ye, and lives with the hope that her father might someday be proud of her. I think this story is very sad and yet gripping it is the sort of book that doesn't let you put it down many people think that this sort of book is very painful as the author talks about all her down falls and up strengths throughout her childhood’s this book is very emotional. I am sensitive but when I see a sad passage I am not the kind of person to cry. I would sort of look at my self in their shoes and imagine how it would feel to be them. This book is great for people who actually and still do live the way the Chinese Cinderella did. I really look up to the children and adults that were abused in their childhood and are still carrying on with their lives I think they are incredible with a capital I. So my summary up is that whatever anyone has experienced which hasn't been pleasant just continue to work hard because it will all pay off in the future.
Wang Xiao Ru, girl, age 14, from Shanghai, China, on 10th August 2008. Rating: 9/10
This book is the moving autobiography of a young Chinese girl, Adeline Yen Mah. Born the fifth child to an affluent Chinese family her life begins tragically. Adelines mother died shortly after her birth due to complications bought on by the delivery, and in Chinese culture this marks her as cursed or bad luck. This situation is compounded by her fathers new marriage to a lady who has little affection for her husbands five children. She displayed overt antagonism and distrust towards all of the children, particularly Adeline, whilst favoring her own younger son and daughter born soon after the marriage. The book outlines Adelines struggle to find a place where she feels she belongs. Denied love from her parents, she finds some solace in relationships with her grandfather Ye Ye, and her Aunt Baba, but they are taken from her. Adeline immerses herself in striving for academic achievement in the hope of winning favour, but also for its own rewards as she finds great pleasure in words and scholarly success.I REALLY LIKE THIS BOOK!!
ANONYMOUS(:, girl, age 12, from SINGAPORE(:, Singapore, on 23rd July 2008. Rating: 10/10
First of all, I feel disgusted by Niang's action. Though her intimidating moves and sly precautions were feared by... well, everyone, I felt that she was one gruesome, vicious, menancing person. I disliked her D; (well, obvious(:)Its inspiring that Adeline carries on with life, happily in school despite the fact of that of her family ugliness. Though sympathetically wrentched, Adeline moved on. And this is, true courage. If I were her, I would have died long ago(: Having been left out of Sibling meetings, and 'The holy of Holies' and having no one to turn to except for Aunt baba, I feel that she's so pitiable.There are surely many many more things to judge on, but for now... I would only pose this question: WHAT DID FATHER REALLY WANT. did he loved Niang SO MUCH that even his father, YEYE, could be negleted, and needed to lose foothold of his Yen family to Niang? Did he really bothered about Adeline? I have no answers to these yet. But I'm sure I'll figure it out one day(:
Perreh, girl, age 17, from Hastings, New Zealand, on 30th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
i thought that the book held a very sorrowful theme and it made not only me but others in my class tear up because of the ill treated young girl in this story i read this when i was 13 with year9 class and i found it very intresting it spoke about her grandmother and how her feet were bound it talked about tradition where the boys were treated with more respect and it had that cliched quality when we see that one person in her family or perhaps the ones with less say in anything loved her beyond anything than you see her struggle and everything in the book is well explained and helped me get a clear picture of the scene and what was happening to her.. my heart goes out to the girl and thanks go to the woman because now i understand what it is to feel alone as im currently in her situation...
nena, girl, age 15, from cabul, Afghanistan, on 25th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
i really felt sad about this story, that tear was coming out of my eye's when i read the book and i wounder how bad it was in those days even in the wars but i will commet this book to any one that i now because this is a interesting book. one of favourite book is chinese cinderella. i hope other people would enjoy the book when they've read the book.
Angeline LJY, girl, age 13, from Singapore, on 21st June 2008. Rating:
the book is really very good n touching.. i cried while reading it.. after reading it i know tt some children r not as forturnate as us... but they still could find their own way into life with some help of course... now i know why everyone is reading this book... i am not really a reader.. but this is a book that i will give a thumbs up! so i really recommend this book to everyone read my comment! hehe... :)
Rangitatua, girl, age 17, from wellington, New Zealand, on 9th June 2008. Rating: 10/10
i really felt the writter of the story when i first read the book i started crying because it is a really touching story i couldnt help myself so i red the secret dragon society and i wondered how hard it was during the time of war and i realy loved how much courage she had and she inspired me to start writing a book about my life when i was younger right up until now.
Rissah, girl, age 16, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 17th July 2007. Rating: 10/10
This book was touching and really moving. I love this book, it is one of my favourites. Adeline's story made me apperciate the things I have in life and that i shouldnt take this for granted. The most saddest part of the story was when her pet duckling, PLT died. Most of the things mentioned in this story brought tears to my eyes. There was a part in the story that digust me, this was when her brothers put urine in her juice.I was shocked at what her brothers had done. Its great how chinese history has been put into this book, as I am part chinese. I love reading this book, it is definitly one of the best.
ivan ray, boy, age 15, from angeles city, Philippines, on 1st July 2007. Rating: 9/10
This book is one of the most amazing strories that i've read. We were tasked to have our own book for our book report, but I was wrong when I thought that it was again an another junk requirement. The story of ms. adeline was absolutely a tough one, it is like a dramatic scene from a multi-awarded movie. I was inspired by the book and kept on reading it again and again everytime I come home. It is the best book I have read!
Shannon, girl, age 12, from Donegal, Ireland, on 28th June 2007. Rating: 10/10
This book was so amazing, it really made me appreciate everything i have. I thought the saddest part of the book was when her little duckling, PLT, was killed by their dog. I honestly can't understand how she coped having a family that rejected her.
georgia, girl, age 13, from derby, United Kingdom, on 25th June 2007. Rating: 10/10
this book is so sad i cried. it moves you about how she coped with her step mother beating her and her family and how every one close to her died or she moved away from her. i don't know how she coped. fantastic story.
steph, girl, age 12, from sydney, Australia, on 19th June 2007. Rating: 10/10
wow, that book inspirers me so much .. its such a touching book and i think that who ever has read the book has been touch by it too
L@dY* L@uGhTeR, girl, age 14, from Compton, United States, on 6th February 2007. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book is really inspiring to me because the book makes you think and You wonder how it would feel to be in her shoes. The worst part is that it is still happining today that women die after giving birth and if the baby dies and has older sibilings or family they look at you very differently and say " o thanks alot you killed our only mother" or " if it wasn't for you our mother would still be alive " and it makes them fell bad I mean it would make me feel really bad. and to tell those people who have lost there mother at birth to read this book Thank You!!!
Kevin Kirschenheuter, boy, age 12, from San Francisco Bay area (East), United States, on 2nd February 2007. Rating: 6/10
I didnt particularly like it because it is so darn depressing. like when Niang beats her 2 year old daughter. Im VEERRRYY emotional when it comes to reading and this was probably the book that had the most impact on me. -Kevin K. age 12
Alex, girl, age 13, from eastern, United States, on 19th January 2007. Rating: 9/10
its a good book and i thhink more people should read it cause its one of those books you can feel the chariters feelings its an awsome book
Happy bunny!!1, girl, age 10, from Huntington beach, United States, on 18th January 2007. Rating: 10/10
I LOVE this book...... i even did a book report on it.....its so touching and fantastic......................................................I think every1 should read it. SO READ! ITS GOOOD!!!!
Tamiko, girl, age 16, from Shanghai, China, on 15th January 2007. Rating: 10/10
Ni Hao! I would like to say that this book was absolutly amazing. It catches the unknown truth of this unwanted daughter and her unfair situation. Chinese Cinderella grasped my attention first because of its title, it is a very intagrated book, for all ages. This is a book everyone should enjoy!
Mary, girl, age 14, from Medford Oregon, United States, on 9th November 2006. Rating: 9/10
i really enjoyed the book. i was asked to read a biography and then talk about the person i read about, and be that person for the pesentation. my friend told me about this book, and i LOVED it. it is amazing, and Adeline is so strong, and dilligent. she is a great role model. i think every teenager should have the oppurtunity to read this incredible book, filled with life lessons, courage, and even chinese history. trust me, you wont regret reading this book.
khadija mahomed, girl, age 12, from birmingham, United Kingdom, on 10th October 2006. Rating: 7/10
i think that chinese cinderella was quite ok...we were reading the autobiography in school lat year in year 7.i enjoyed it, but not as much as i enjoyed Skellig by David Almond. i had given a review about skellig but unfortunately it has'nt gone through yet!! awww ... i think that Adeline Yen Mah has really described in detail about what a busy and traumatic life she has had through her years...some parts were good and some parts were quite sad.It makes one reflect upon what kind of a past he/she has had too. We also learn about different places in China and how the chinese culture is too for example Shang Hai and what they do there (and obviously a few others)in the autobiography. overall i think the book was good.and if you do read it guys...remember to keep some tissues by you ok?!...you will get a little tearful!!
BenBen, boy, age 17, from Hong kong, Hong Kong, on 10th June 2006. Rating: 9/10
Chinese Cindrella is one of my favorite books!! This book was so touching and I would recommend it to everyone especially teenagers. When I finished reading the book, I would think about the unwanted people in this world, the orphans. I was so proud of Adeline, how she didn't give up all the day through childhood. In the contrary, she fights for her attention by being the top of the class every week.
red, girl, age 19, from bangalore, India, on 7th June 2006. Rating: 9/10
i came across this book only recently..its BEAUTIFUL. made me cry a lot.
mitchell marchant, boy, age 13, from melbourne, Australia, on 6th June 2006. Rating: 8/10
the book is great i think that he brothers are the scum of the earth the way they peed in her drink but i liked the book o much because know matter how hard times came she stuck in there i feel hat i am an unwanted child and your book has comferted me throught some tought times thanks alot
Cheryl, girl, age 13, from Christchurch, New Zealand, on 5th June 2006. Rating: 10/10
I loved chinese cinderella. I may not relate to Jun-ling but it really makes me want to reach out to all the neglected children in the world. When I was reading the book, I couldn't stop crying. This book is amazingly detailed, I could really picture the setting.I just wish the book hadnt finished it was great.
Belinda, girl, age 17, from Washington , United States, on 22nd May 2006. Rating: 10/10
I greatly appreciated the book because I could really relate to her experiences and the pain she went through. My mother grew up about ten years after her in Tianjin, China and the links between the author and her are quite numerous. There's a good bit of history in here that really hits home.
Jo, girl, age 12, from Wiltshire, United Kingdom, on 5th April 2006. Rating: 8/10
I really like Chinese Cinderella because it is an heertwarming story about how a girls life can be like in difgferent parts of the world. I recommend it to anyone.
Georgia :), girl, age 6, from Brisbane, Australia, on 15th March 2006. Rating:
Well I think Chinese CInderella is a sad book to read and is great for teenagers but i think it is still really good. It influenced me to read alot. I enjoyed it alot and if you read it I hope you enjoyed it.
aleina, girl, age 14, from melbourne , Australia, on 13th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
it was a really good book i seriously cried when plt died!!! i couldnt put it down i read it first when was 8 and i hated it but when i read it again last year i got it and i loved it!!!!!
George n swoffer, girl, age 15, from sydney, Australia, on 7th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
We thought this book was excellent. we couldnt put it down...we felt really sorry for the chinese cinderella but she was strong and had a good character... the way she got so far in life from starting from nothing really inspired us to be more than we can be..this book really communicates the message... 'no dream is ever to small, no dream is ever to big' Emma
Peace Lee, girl, age 14, from Seoul, Korea, Republic of, on 6th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
i think this book is truly amazing because this book tells not to give up on something that you really try your best. this book gives really good moral lesson.
niv, girl, age 13, from oxford, United Kingdom, on 5th March 2006. Rating: 10/10
i think this book is really tragic and sad.though it was well-written. i cant just think how Adeline survived in her family! i am so happy that finally she got to go to college. i wish i cud mmeet her,my admirer! if anyone hasnt read it yet,go on read it. adeline is really a wonderful girl.........but whatever,she gave us some info too,like some buddist traditions and her grans(nai nai) leg bound,etc... i am sure anyone with a good heart wud love it!
lexie , girl, age 14, from melbourne, Australia, on 4th March 2006. Rating: 9/10
i'm not someone who reads many books, when i had to read a book for class my teacher suggested i choose chinese cinderella. This outstanding book made me realise what life was like for Adeline Yen Mah. i respect her, how she stayed confident with keeping her grades up in order to build a future. After reading this book i now realise how lucky i am with my family and have recommended this book to all of my friends. whenever i am in doubt about something in school i remember adelines great struggle and how she managed to make it through, this book truly inspired me and i thank adeline for telling her story and i will never forget this story. Her stepmother was truly horrbale and no young child should go through what you did 'zai jian', yours sincerely lexie
rebecca bradley , girl, age 12, from radcliffe, United Kingdom, on 1st December 2005. Rating: 10/10
i think it has a lot of really exiting and reaslistic things in it and what makes the story really good is that there is loads of scary stuff and the headlines makes it really interesting and id like to read this book again cos its really good
Strawberry s2 Mandarin, girl, age 12, from Sydney, Australia, on 27th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
This is the best and mosr sad novel I had ever read.It's full of saddness and tragic events that happen to Adeline. She suffers so much just to prove her worth to her family but they don't appreciate her. Even if she tries as hard as she could, she can never get their respect. This book brought me to tears. It mad me feel lucky to have a loving family that didn't neglect me. (T_T) I never liked these kinds of books, but now I enjoyed the stories that are told. This book is the most wonderful book will ever read. I regret not reading it earlier.
ann, girl, age 13, from england, United Kingdom, on 25th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
wow WOW wow i love love the book it is the best ive read it was soo sad though i kept crying.I really cold not put the book down it had me gripped all the way through well done and bless love ann xxx
Alexandra AKA Ducky, girl, age 16, from Wales, United Kingdom, on 25th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book touched my heart like no other it made me feel that even though i had family prombles they were only a scrach on the surface compared to Adeline Yen Mah's.I really enjoyed her book.i recomended it to my friend who also has the same opinion.The book was brilliant.I thank Adeline for such a great book even though it took lot of pain and effort to share her story with us. Thank you Alexandra xxx
Jez, girl, age 13, from Geelong, Australia, on 22nd November 2005. Rating: 9/10
I think Chinese Cinderella is the saddest book I have ever read. i cried so much when PLT died that Mum poked her head in the door and asked what was wrong. I also read Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society. If you loved Chinese Cinderella or even liked it, I totally recommend this book.
Drai, girl, age 13, from Geelong, Australia, on 22nd November 2005. Rating: 9/10
I really loved this book! it was so gripping and suspenseful. We were reading it in class and I just wanted to keep going and not to stop. The events in it are so dramatic. I feel so sorry that Adeline had to go through such bad things in her life.
Labizza, girl, age 12, from HKSAR, Hong Kong, on 20th November 2005. Rating: 9/10
Actually this is a really interesting book, I found that myself, too as a chinese, I'm really lucky. I appreciated my family more than ever from now onwards!
Milly , girl, age 12, from London, United Kingdom, on 15th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
This is a fab read! I really enjoyed it, we studied it in school but I kept reading ahead because it was so gripping. It's really shocking to think children were treated the way Adeline Yen Mah was treated in her childhood, sometimes in the book I felt like I wanted to slap Niang in the face because she was so cruel to Adeline and the other children. Some parts made me cry buckets - even in class! The way Adeline writes it is so real, you feel her emotions and how she felt. I highly reccomend this book to anyone over ten, some bits are maybe too emotional!! This is my fave book of all time - Adeline Yen Mah, YOU ROCK!!!
Jess, girl, age 13, from Sunshine Coast, Australia, on 13th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
I absolutely LOVED Chinese Cinderella. I was shocked when I read how bad Adeline was treated, and it was for something that wasn't her fault! Reading this book has made me more grateful for the things I have and the family I have. I recommended this book to my friend and she loved it too. She was really touched by it. I am doing a book report at school and I chose to do this book cos it is really interesting and moving and a great story. Good job Adeline Yen Mah, you are a great writer and I'm glad you finally got to write a novel like you always wanted to.
Fraze, girl, age 12 , from adelaide, Australia, on 12th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
I like this book because it made me see that not every body has loving family to go to when ever they are upset or want something. That way I have learnt to appreciate and take care of what I have. I loved te book!!!!!!
KATIE, girl, age 12, from F.L, United States, on 11th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
I AM A STUDENT ATENDING AT A MIDDLE SCHOOL.MY TEACHER GAVE US AN ASIMENT TO READ THIS BOOK AND I GOT VERY INTERESTED IN IT.I AM NOW GOING TO START READING FALLING LEAVES. MY TEACHER SAYS IT IS ALSOW INTERESTING.I LIKE THIS BOOK VERY MUCH AND I THINK ITS COOL THAT AFTER ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPEND TO YOU YOU STILL GOT TO GO TO COLLAGE.
Taneana, girl, age 14, from Melbourne, Australia, on 10th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
The book is a really nice book about Adeline Yen mah. How she faces trouble with her family and always feeling left out. I really liked the book and always will. I haven't read the Chinese Cinderella and Dragon Society book but i am going to borrow it at the library because i have heard that it is good and i absolutly loved the first book. If i were you i would consider buying it and reading it. It really is a lovly book.
Bassem, boy, age 14, from sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on 4th November 2005. Rating: 10/10
this book is excelent.we had to read it for school.at first it didnt seem nice but once start reading can't stop and what makes it more interesting is that its a true story.it shows us how a lot of people are suffering.i advise to read falling leaves as it is the same story but in more detail.
Theresa, girl, age 12, from Hiram, United States, on 3rd November 2005. Rating: 10/10
I love this book. It is so sad, but so happy, and so real. It is so real, I felt like I was there with Adeline Yeh Mah. I cant believe how strong and brave she is, and she is just a little kid. I loved this book, it is the best book I have ever read
ENS, girl, age 12, from United States, on 26th October 2005. Rating: 9/10
I think Chniese Cinderella was an amazing book! Depressing as it was, it was very interesting. I hardly survive living with twin siblings, but if I had to deal with what Adeline had to deal with, i honestly dont know what i would have done! :)
Ashleigh, girl, age 13, from Geelong, Australia, on 11th October 2005. Rating: 10/10
I have read this book a number of times (out of my own time and school time), as we are studying it for english, we also study chinese so we go into some depth of the culture of China. This is one of my all-time favorite books, i love it to death!!! It has an incredible amount of hope and dedication, no matter how many set backs! Adeline never let any thing stop her and shows that realy "when there is a will there is away"! This book is fantastic and I recomened it to any-one, it's the kind of book that stays in your mind forever because of the levels of respect you have for the story, i can almost bet my life that after you read this book you will realise just how lucky we are!!
Hannah, girl, age 15, from QLD, Australia, on 10th October 2005. Rating: 10/10
HI, i really enjoyed this book, i am not one to sit down and read a book for over an hour, but this book was different it made me never wanto put it down or leave the story. i felt as if i was apart of Adelines life sharing all her worries with her. i really enjoyed this book, i have read it twice for enjoyment and the third time i read it for school, i am currently now trying to finish my assignment on it... well, i jsut wanted to say i enjoyed the book so much and i love it! bye all! luv yas mwah...
Jessica, girl, age 12, from England, United Kingdom, on 6th October 2005. Rating: 7/10
This booko is ok. I am not a reading kind of person, and when i got the book from school i really didnt want to read it! But when i read the first chapter are teacher asked if we wanted to swap but i didnt because i had really got in to this book! I found trying to pronounce all the chinese names was funny. I would recomend this book to people that like to read and that are over 10 years old! Overall i thought the book was ok and i would read it again given the chance!
margot, girl, age 12, from ohio, United States, on 1st October 2005. Rating:
I really liked Chinese Cinderella, for school we had to read an autobiography and writee a report on it and i choose this one, i am really glad i did. It helped me to realize how very lucky i am to have such a great and loving family i have. Sometimes i get mad and wish i was somewhere else, and i just think of Adeline and how much better off i am and it helps me down
Milie, girl, age 16, from Rome, Italy, on 27th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
Chinese Cinderella is a fantastic book filled with many emotions. Adeline gives us a toned down aspect of how she saw women and men in China particularly women and how they acted and were treated. She puts us in a position to dislike Niang and think about how times had changed since communism came into China. Ye Ye should really be respected more but since Niang is running the house as a cruel evil step/mother she puts herself in the more respected position. I loved this Book and recomend it to anyone.
Tess, girl, age 14, from Reading, United States, on 21st September 2005. Rating:
I loved this book it made me see how lucky I was to have a loving family like I do. Adeline was so strong and a hero im my eyes. This book had tear jerking moments and happy ones to.
Jess, girl, age 13, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 19th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that this is one of the best books that i have ever read. i think that she did not deserve a life that what she had and that niange was to mean. her father was terrible becsause he did not even know her birthday or NAME? in one night i read over halph the book because i could not put it down and at times i nearly cried.
Meli, girl, age 17, from Houston, United States, on 16th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book is a very inspirational story. It shows how even though she went through all that she still manages to make it to the top and prove her father that she is apart of the family. I sort of have an issue like that...
Jemma, girl, age 14, from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on 15th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
I' currently reading an extract of the book in my English lesson. I think that it's really good, from what I've read. My school has a brilliant library, so I might go and check it out.
Sophia, girl, age 11, from Enfield, United Kingdom, on 13th September 2005. Rating: 9/10
I think this story is very sad and yet gripping it is the sort of book that doesn't let you put it down many people think that this sort of book is very painful as the author talks about all her down falls and up strengths throughout her chilhood.As this book is very emotional i would not recommend this book to sensetive or young reader as the abbuse comments are very detailed and strong.I am sensitive but when i see a sad passage i am not the kind of person to cry.I would sort of look at my self in their shoes and imagine how it would feel to be them.This book is great for people who actually and still do live the way the chinese cinderella did.I really look up to the children nd adults that were abbused in their childhood and are still carrying on with their lives i think they are incredible with a capital i.So my summary up is that whatever anyone has experienced which hasn't been pleasent just continue to work hard because it will all pay off in the future,and i hope whoever reads this book finds it as heart rending as i do.
Phia, girl, age 12, from New York City, United States, on 13th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
I found "Chinese Cinderella" to be a gripping and emotional tale of yearning for acceptance. A true tale of an evil stepmother and the battles of growing up in an emotionally abusive enviroment. This is one of my favorite books!
Gerel, girl, age 13, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, on 12th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is wonderful! i read it within inh one day nonstopping! i didnt even sleep! it's an interesting book, especially if you study the history of those times in China.
Mari, girl, age 15, from Hoboken, United States, on 11th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think this book is very touching because it shows me how lucky I am to have a mother, father,sister, and brother who cares for me. Also that they support me when I need them or something. I am so proud and glad to have read this wonderful book. That is why I feel like this is such an excellent book to read. I would love to share this book with anyone else who is or is not interested in reading this book by Adeline Yen Mah.
Widia, girl, age 11, from Sydney, Australia, on 7th September 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think this book is a very touching book and it really really made me cry i think this book is the best book i've ever read.
Prashantha, girl, age 11, from Durban, South Africa, on 6th September 2005. Rating: 9/10
I think that Chinese Cinderella, by Adeline Yen Mah was a very good book. It was a sad book and I enjoyed it very much. I hope lots more books like that are published. Adeline is a very good author and she should keep on writing. (I only gave it 9/10 because I prefer some other books!)
kiza, girl, age 12, from south australia, Australia, on 31st August 2005. Rating: 10/10
It made me feel that i am really lucky to have a mum and dad that is still here and know that they love me. It really made me cry i have never read a book that made me cry before. It made me relize that there are lots of young kids that are suffering in the same position that Adeline was in.
Brittany, girl, age 16, from WA [perth], Australia, on 30th August 2005. Rating: 9/10
I loved chinese cinderella..i first had to read it for english and i thought it would be really boring..but i actually very much enjoyed it..it is now one of my favourite bookz :)
Gillian, girl, age 16, from Scotland, United Kingdom, on 25th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
i love dthis book so much that i have decided to do it for my higher personal study of literatur, the only problem is i cannot find any book reviews on the internet. EEEEK if you have never read this book it is a very touching book that will make you cry even if you are the toughest of people, even if you never usually cry.
Mandy, girl, age 13, from Melbourne, Australia, on 22nd August 2005. Rating: 10/10
i loved Chinese Cinderalla. it was soooooo sad and i nearly cried. it made me realise how horrible some peoples lives are, today still. i would like to congratulate Adeline on a wonderful book thati loved reading and i have gotten the chance to explore it more because we did it as a school project.
kimby, girl, age 15, from ct, United States, on 17th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
i thought this book was so touching and i have never cried in such away since the book A Child Called IT.this book makes realize that there is alot of people suffering in the world and that no one lives a good life like many people do.if really like knowing how other peole treated not beacuse of there culture but in kind of enviroment they born in i really recommend to read chinese cinderella.
invisible, girl, age 12, from sydney, Australia, on 16th August 2005. Rating: 9/10
it made me feel happy and i loved it because it tuch my hearted and gave me to know i am very lucky to have my real mother. so every aroundthe world you should feel happy and thank god you have a real mother who cares about you. THANKYOU ADELINE YEN MAH !!
elina, girl, age 11, from luton, United Kingdom, on 16th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
i personally think that this book was fantastic and moving adaline your a great author and you you didn't deserve to be treated like that. out of all the books i've read this is the best one even though it made me cry.
Liz, girl, age 11, from Gold Coast, Australia, on 14th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
This is great, but heart-breaking book...it kind of reminds me of who I am and what I should be doing in my life...thnx for writing this book Adeline!!
[*Kirstie*], girl, age 13, from Perth, Australia, on 14th August 2005. Rating: 9/10
i lovved this book, it was so touching and sad. what mean Partents! i felt sympatitic towards the main character as she is beated and looked down apon. no one thinks of her as important. Adeline is the only one to stick up for what is right. she is bright and has a strong mind. i hate her step-mother! to beat up a little kid she should go to jail! i have just recently read this book and would strongly recomed it, this book is an autiobiograpy.
Cool Gal, girl, age 14, from Sydney, Australia, on 14th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that Chinese Cinderella is one of the best books I've ever read. The story really touched my heart. We had it as a school book for English and if it hadn't had been a school book, I probably wouldn't have read it. But, I'm glad I did. I think that this book is just as good as my other favourites; the Lord of the Rings, Pride and Prejudice and Harry Potter. It really deserved to be a best seller.
Ashiki Chaudhary, girl, age 13, from sydney Australia, Australia, on 14th August 2005. Rating:
I think the book was a great story with true feelings about a young girls life. And to tell the truth i hardly cry but this book sure made tears fall out
TamTim, girl, age 13, from Melbourne, Australia, on 13th August 2005. Rating: 9/10
I am reading 'Chinese Cinderella' as a novel in English class. Usually, I only read novels for English once, but I have read this book 3 times already!!! I loved the style of writing in this book. The feelings that Adeline Yan Mah writed about are so realistic and thouching that you feel as though you are her. I cried through Adeline's pain, felt confuzed when she did, and joy when she was happy. I also luoved stepping back in time with the short passages about the year and the Wars occuring around then. I VERY STRONGLY recommend this book to people who enjoy ALL GENRES of reading. There are even small bits of horror (bound feet)!!! I hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did.
Cristel, girl, age 14, from Sacramento, CA, United States, on 10th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
I enjoyed Chinese Cinderella, it was a very touching story, I actaully cried when I read the book. Its a book that has true feelings, and it shows. Honestly hope that some else enjoys it as much as I did.
Anne the perfect one.....:), girl, age 14, from Sydney, Australia, on 10th August 2005. Rating:
I was very disappointed in this book, considering it is a best seller. As a 14 year old girl I have read much better books like Winterwood, Pride and Prejudice, and the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I thought the book was acceptable....like the typical school book is...... Anne
Ranita, girl, age 14, from Manurewa, Auckland, New Zealand, on 8th August 2005. Rating: 10/10
Chinese Cinderella is an autobigraphy about Adeline Yen Mah's childhood. This autobiography is very warm, heart touching, and full of emotionss. I have to say this book is one my favourites. When I read this book it reminds me of how I am treated, after the first time I read this book Adeline Yen Mah instantly became my role model because once I was very close to ending my life but reading Chinese Cinderella I told my self that Adeline had been treated way worser than me I don't know why Im ending my life when Adeline didn't give up.
Lauren, girl, age 13, from sydney, Australia, on 31st July 2005. Rating:
CC was very emotional, and had a great deal of feeling! it is such an inspiration to see how a young girl copped with her life, even though it was extremely tough. it made me realise how lucky i am to have a loving, caring family, who will always take care of me in rough times, and i can't even imagine a life without this. Adeline showed courage and strength in her difficult life, and that is what is so special about this story. whenever, something horrible happened to Adeline in this book it brought a tear to my eye, and i got very emotional! i felt cold, and upset when Adeline was, and the book reached deeply into my heart, and i felt like i was involved in the story. No one could ever imagine the pain that Adeline felt, because it was such a significant and inspirational experience to all. I strongly recommend this book to young or older readers to witness this touching story about a young girl called, Adeline Yen Mah.
Juliet, girl, age 16, from christchurch, New Zealand, on 29th July 2005. Rating:
I love this book! A friend had mention this book to me in fourth form and I never actually read it until last year. I'm now studying her in sixth form as an assignment for school and I have to say this is one of my all time favourites which I read over and over again.The hardship of her life is quite moving her struggle as a child is quite riveting, which I truly think is unfair, although these things happened to her she still came out on top, her granfather was right when he said "One day you'll show the world what you are really made off" she has clearly kept her promise to her grandfather.
Tamara, girl, age 15, from Victoria, Australia, on 27th July 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think Chinese Cinderella was a very touching and inspiring book to read. The auto biography of Adeline Yen Mah would have been so hard to write, as some of the topics discussed would probably still haunt Adeline to this very day. If there's one thing i've recieved from reading this novel, it's that no matter what experiences and problems i have had to face throughout my life, i can still achieve my goals .. i can dare to dream!
EmiLyZ, girl, from south wales, United Kingdom, on 25th July 2005. Rating: 9/10
I loved it. It was so moving I feelt for her and her duck. She is really brave in publishing the book. Its deep, heart warming, it'll make you laugh in one chapter and cry in another.
Natalie, girl, age 15, from Brisbane, Australia, on 21st July 2005. Rating: 10/10
We had to read this book for an Assignment at school. It was really touching and when i started reading it i couldn't stop. It's a great read. It makes you not take for grandted what you have and be thankful for what you have. She never complained which i think she was very strong for doing. I would love to meet Adeline Yen Mah and i think she would be a very nice person. In some parts of the book i could relate to issues but nowhere enar as major as hers. Over all i htink Chinese Cindrella is a great read. Tho i would say the older you are the more you would understnad the issues in the story.
Leena, girl, age 14, from Melbourne, Australia, on 19th July 2005. Rating: 10/10
Chinese Cinderella is a very manificant book to read. Its a story about a little girl named Adeline who lived in China, being neglected and blamed for her mother's death and best known as 'bad luck' by her family yet her father remarries to a women named Niang who is a awfully cruel mother and Adeline struggles through the amount of pain and works hard for the acceptance from her father and how she overcame the odds to prover her worth. I felt very emoitionally hurt on how Adeline Yen Mah has been treated throughout her childhood. Within the story, the moral of the story would be you're never lonely, be confident, never judge a book by its cover and be very brave. This book goes out for the people who feel isolated definately!
Inchie, girl, age 12, from Massachusettes, United States, on 19th July 2005. Rating: 9/10
Oh my gosh! This book was really touching! It is one of those books I will NEVER forget... And it was based on a true story- imagine being treated like dirt (or worse) in your own home. It really had a huge impact on me... I reccomend it to everyone...
Joey, girl, age 13, from Addie, Australia, on 17th July 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think Chinese Cinderella is a fabulous book! I LOVE IT!!!I CRIED TWICE! We read it as a class book last year and everyone loved it!!! Everyone cried! Adeline's life makes me think about all the abused, lonely and un-noticed children out there. I feel so sorry for Adeline and all those children! How could anyone do such a thing? I LUV U ADELINE! Keep writing and doing your thing! :) Joey
kirsty, girl, age 12, from sydney, Australia, on 17th July 2005. Rating: 10/10
this book is a excellent book to read. i absoutly loved it and it was hard to put it down. this book was very sad to me as i felt so sorry for her in what she went through in her childhood. i would think that everyone should read it as i enjoyed it soooo much!
Ayat Iayem, girl, age 12, from fortlauderdale, United States, on 12th July 2005. Rating:
I think that this is a great book! But it is very sad.I don't know what I would of done if I were her. I recommend this book to everyone to read. When I was reading it I never wanted to let go. I used to hate reading. My teacher told us we had to read it.It didn't look intresting from the cover but right when you start you never could believe that this really occured in real life. I'm sorry what you had to go through. In the beginging I didn't now why it is was called Chinese Cinderella but now I know why. And it is not your fault that your mother died, it was her time. There will be a time for everyone to die.I just want to say congratulations to the author on her book.
Tracy Paez, girl, age 11, from Doonside, Australia, on 12th July 2005. Rating:
I think this is a book everyone should read. It's really interesting and it sounds very true. i give this book a 10/10.
johnny, age 15, from australia, Australia, on 28th June 2005. Rating:
The Chinese Cinderella is a well structured book written by Adeline Yen Mah, also the author of Falling Leaves. The Chinese Cinderella, a compelling autobiography about Adelines childhood was ruled by a cruel stepmother. "Fifth Younger Sister" or "Wu Mei," as Yen Mah was called is only an infant when her father remarries after her mother's death. Wu Mei was blamed for the death of her mother, because her mother died of a sickness shortly after she was born. She was known as the unlucky one. Even her parents neglect her she still got good at school, so she turned to book as someone to talk to. Not until she won the international play-writing contest in high school that her father finally takes notice and grants her wish to attend college in England. After studying so hard, she eventually becomes a doctor and realizes her dream of being a writer.
Losley, girl, age 12, from Australia, on 26th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
Chinese Cinderella is the best book I have ever read. It is extordinary how this youg girl spent the early years of her life being neglected from her surroundings, and still was able to write a book about it.Just like to say its an awsome book.Love it.Keep writing.
Dasunika, girl, age 13, from victoria, Australia, on 25th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I read this book myslef and it is the best book i ever read it is a very sad story i can belive how how jun-ling managed to live without a mother's or father's love. i think everone should read this story.
lowri, girl, age 14, from wales, United Kingdom, on 24th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
when i first saw this book i wasn't very interested until i start reading it and became hooked!! i never normally show much emotions in books but in this book i filled up on a few occaisions. i felt so sorry for her she was treated awful and knowing its true really made me feel for her. i couldnt put the book down from start to finish. anyone who doesnt appreciate this book must have something wrong with them!! as soon as i finished it i tried to find 'falling leaves' to no avail, i did however find chinese cinderella and the secret dragon society and yet again im hooked!! adeline yen mah is so brave to share her tradgedies with so many people, she is very talented!!
Isabelle, girl, age 14, from sydney, Australia, on 20th June 2005. Rating: 9/10
In her Autobiography we step into her ungotten life, and discover all her longings and desires. We, as the readers, move into her shoes and learn what is really is to be her. Adelines book is a well-written novel because it has powerful and emotive words that brilliantly describe her unfortunate life. The book encages the readers, and really makes them understand what it was really like. Real-life stories have a deep impact on readers because they can recognize another humans anguish, and despair. Her autobiography is greatly written because she uses immense detail, which she recollects from her memories of the past. Adelines publish is a stunning memoir of her years in China. It has a great impact on readers because she was a strong lady, who had great courage. Her unfortunate life in China has possibly helped many unloved children all around the world to believe in them selves, and to never give up, or loss hope.
Monique, girl, age 14, from New South Wales/ Sydney, Australia, on 18th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I had to read this book for school and I thought that it would be like all the other books you get- long, boring, tiring ones. I'm sure you know what I mean. But when I read the first few pages "Gee-Wizz! This book is great!!!? Well I have had this book for half a year and I have read it about 5 times since then- NOT FOR SCHOOL!!! I can truly say 'I am addicted to it!' If you see this book at any bookstore I would highly suggest buying it. You WILL be surprised!
Tracy Paez, girl, age 11, from Tarlac, Philippines, on 17th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
I SSSSSSOOO LOVE THIS BOOK!!!! Yes, it is sad but everyone should read it! I think Jun-Ling(Adeline)was definately treated cruel and unfairly. Aunt Baba and Third Brother are the only ones that don't think Adeline is ugly, selfish, a liar or a brat. Adeline probably thought she was a piece of junk but really she wasn't, she was something special. She is a really tough little girl.
ginny, girl, age 14, from brisbane, Australia, on 15th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
hi, i loved reading this book it was very touching. however it was very very sad. especially when plt died. i remeber i was reading that bit and we were in class and i began to cry and people were asking me why i was crying and i gave them the part of the book to read and they too started to cry. i recomend that if you havnt read this book read it!!
Rachel, girl, age 14, from liverpool, United Kingdom, on 14th June 2005. Rating: 9/10
this book truely moved me and the way niang spoke to her made me cry. I wsa also distraught when PLT died ---> soooo sad
Ben Sansom, boy, age 14, from sydney, Australia, on 12th June 2005. Rating:
This book truly touched me from start to finish and in the middle I cryed when her duckling died
Angela Davis, girl, age 15, from Toowoomba, Australia, on 10th June 2005. Rating: 9/10
Chinese Cinderella is a truly amazing novel. It was one of my favourites. It takes you right into the life of this girl that hed to suffer so much and was put down by the majority of her family members. Adeline Yen Mah is truly gifted and has the amazing ability to make an excellent bibliography out of a life story. Another truly amazing book by Adeline Yan Mah is Falling Leaves. Unlike Chinese Cinderella, Falling leaves takes us into a world past her childhood and goes into detail about what happened after she went to get a greater education in England. Chinese Cinderella only goes into detail about her childhoods before her life in England and the life she had when she returned to China, and also when she went to America. Adeline is a truly fantastic story writer.
Jessica G, girl, age 16, from Queensland, Australia, on 9th June 2005. Rating: 9/10
I think that this book is one of the best book that i have ever read. Chinese Cinderella, has so much hope, insparation and emotion on every page that you can't help but love it. Unlike many books i have read i felt that it was written with alot of talent so that the reader can relate fully to the emotions of the charachter. I comend Adeline for her bravery, and telling the world her heart touching story.
sarah, girl, age 12, from california, United States, on 8th June 2005. Rating: 8/10
i think it was a great book but put to much self pitty into it, but it is still one of my favorite books!!!!
Jessica, girl, age 11, from London, United Kingdom, on 5th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
This story was so moving that I cryed all the time.But it was beautifully written,all the way through.I would recommend it to anyone.
Katie Harrow, girl, age 12, from London, Surrey, United Kingdom, on 4th June 2005. Rating: 10/10
the book was one of the best i have ever read and i would reccomend it to anyone at any age. it makes you remember how lucky you are not having to go through the same as her. read it or miss out.
RoCK sT^aR!!!!!!!, girl, age 12, from dubai, United Arab Emirates, on 3rd June 2005. Rating: 10/10
i think it is very interesting book. when i read books even if it is sad i never cry but for this book i cried till i finished it.it is very hard live without mother.SHE is only our true friend!!!!!!!!!!! afetr this book i am better with my mom. i realy hate step mothers!!!!!!!! they are two faces near your dad they are good but when he is not here they are very very bad!!!!!!!!!!! i am very sory for ADELINE! after this i thanked god for giving me father mother sister brother!!!!!!!!!!! taht they love me and support me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i cant imagine how poor adeline was on her own when she was 4. and it is very sad that NIANG separated her with her aunt BABA. i think NIANG married to her father cause of money. but know i know that Adeline is very happy!!!!!!!!!! i wish her all the best!!!!!!!!!
Estelle, girl, age 12, from NSW, Australia, on 28th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I just love the book Chinese Cinderella i kept on re-reading it. My mum gave me the book to try andi just loved it!! I read it when I was in year 4 and i kept re-reading it and i am in Year 6! Chinese Cinderella is the BEST and i still beg my mum if i can keep Chinese Cinderella. Mum is reading it now and she is enjoying it too! My younger brother did not want to read it but i begged him until my mouth went dry. He has read it and he loves it!
cat, girl, age 12, from Glasgow, United Kingdom, on 24th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I thought this book was fantastic.I cried when reading it because it was so sad and I couln't understand why one girl had to go through so much pain.I have read the sequel and it is also sad but I would definitly recommend it.
Bala, girl, age 15, from Meadow Heights, Australia, on 22nd May 2005. Rating:
This book was so nice that as i read it, i cried. Adeline's way of life was cruel but she managed to make everything better, with her courage and tension. This book has unforgetable parts in it, which i recommend all of this website users to read.
not giving, girl, age 14, from East Coast, United States, on 18th May 2005. Rating: 8/10
I thought this was a very good book. It was unlike anyother Chinese history book ive ever read. i must say i enjoyed it greatly! It made me think of how lucky i was to have a family like i do...
kim, girl, age 15, from Australia, on 16th May 2005. Rating:
i loved this book. in my opinion this would be in the top ten books that i have read, it is very sad the way that Adeline was treated i think that it was rather sad. Well done on this book it is a keeper
ralph, boy, age 11, from essex, United Kingdom, on 16th May 2005. Rating: 8/10
i thought it was a very touching book espeacially wen na na died and older brother said that she would come to life. that was mean. the way that she felt.
amy, girl, age 16, from brisbane, Australia, on 16th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
i think that chinese cinderella is a wonderful book that makes u realise the hardships that some people have to go threw.
roddy, boy, age 12, from london, United Kingdom, on 15th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
i loved this book because it is so moving, espicialy when P.L.T dies.
Laura, girl, age 13, from sydney, Australia, on 13th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
We had to read chinese ciderella for English at school and just as we started to read the book i had fallen and broken my leg. It was a pretty serious brake i had to put a cast that went all the way up to my thy. I couldn't do much because it was very hard to walk around on crutches with my leg straight. I felt that I had nothing better to do then read chinese ciderella. I couldn't keep my eyes off the book and I even cried a few times. I Managed to finish the book in 2 and a half days thats how much I really loved it!
Brittany, girl, age 13, from Tamworth, Australia, on 10th May 2005. Rating: 8/10
When i first saw the front cover i thought it was going to be one of those really boring school books about really uninteresting stuff.But when i started to read it with the class i thought it was very intersesting.I also think it was really sad and i criend alot during the book especially when her duckling died.I really loved this book and was sad when it ended,i would read it again and again and i dont think i would ever get sick of it.
Crystal, girl, age 15, from Texas, United States, on 10th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
I thought that this book was very interesting. When i first had to read this book i read it for a school project. I read it and found that it was an amazing story from the begginning to the end.
Bli, girl, age 13, from France, on 10th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
I personnally appreciated this novel, though sometimes I had to wipe my eyes because of tears rolling down my cheeks...
Nathy.G, girl, age 11, from London, United Kingdom, on 7th May 2005. Rating: 9/10
I thought that this book was really sad, but it still made me read on. I read the book in one day staying up at night to finish it off, because it just gripped me in the story.
Mindie, girl, age 13, from Houston, United States, on 7th May 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think the child in the book is like me, right at this moment. I think i'm walking through her footsteps.
Yasmin, girl, age 13, from chester, United Kingdom, on 28th April 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think that the bok is really interesting. the writer presents the child as if she herself is the child in the story. A reader involves in this book from heart and soul and deeply thinks about that small girl.I really felt the childs difficulties and her feelings from my heart
Tace, girl, age 13, from Geelong, Australia, on 27th April 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think this is an amazing story about a young girl in contemporary china and her strugles in her home. I loved this book because I learnt about the chinese culture. Its very sad to read about the way Adeline was treated and makes me feel very lucky becuse of my supporting, caring family. This is a great book to learn at school and my class and I enjoyed reading and writing about it very much.
Sophie, girl, age 10, from Brisbane, Australia, on 26th April 2005. Rating: 10/10
After I got this book out I started to read it and I finished the book that day because i couldn't put it down I think the author is really disciriptive well I've got to go now I hope that YOUcan read lots of books by this author
Mary, girl, age 13, from Riverside, United States, on 22nd April 2005. Rating: 10/10
I thought this book was very sad and very good. When i first checked this book out of the library and started to read this book,I couldn't put it down because it was too good to stop reading.During the ending it was just too sad that my eyes were all watery.I would recoment this book to anyone!! =)
annalise, girl, age 7, from sydney, Australia, on 21st April 2005. Rating: 10/10
i thought this stroy was very touching and sad. it is a great was to express your fellings in writting and to be able write a book witch is all about your life and feeling is a great achivement but to be able to tell your story to the world is one of the hadest things to do! i am very proud of adeline and i hope someday will read this and see how your story has touched and moved the hearts of many all over the world.
Steve, boy, age 12, from vic, Australia, on 19th April 2005. Rating: 10/10
I thought that this book is fantastic. some times it makes you feel sad and some time happy. it made me think just how greatfull i am. and it is just really sad how her parents and friends treat her diffrent. It book that is a must for everyone's library, i think if havent read this book its a book to get your hans on.
Alex, girl, age 16, from Morganville, United States, on 18th April 2005. Rating: 6/10
Though this story is very herat-wrenching and brings you through a whirlwind of experiences, I believe that it was written in such a manner that it will not attract the attention of younger readers. From the trival and somewhat juevinele vocabulary it shows that it was shooting for this age level. However, the story plot was meant for a more aged level of children, so it was mixing "signs," creating a wonderful plot with "horrible" vocab. for the older, and vise versa. However, it is a story of hope and of proving that "one dream is more important than a thousand negative realities," and for this message and lesson in life, I gave it 6
Gil, boy, age 14, from Manila, Philippines, on 12th April 2005. Rating:
I loved the book from the first time I saw it from my friend. Since I did't have a chance to read the whole book from my friend (since it isn't hers), I told my mom to buy a copy for me. When I was reading it, I felt her pain and my life's pain uniting, giving the book a very dramatic part of one's life. My mom read it, and she told me that she wanted to cry. I think this is the best book so far that really caught my fancy. To those who are very dramatic, miserable and those who think that they are the only people in the world that is unloved, I guarantee you all that this book will change your perspective in life.
Laura, girl, age 13, from Christchurch, New Zealand, on 12th April 2005. Rating: 8/10
Hi this book was very sad at some bits. i hate it when they kill PLT the duckling i just about cryed my eyes out. im so glad i read it cause now i now how lucky i am
Ami, girl, age 13, from queensland, Australia, on 8th April 2005. Rating: 8/10
I think this book is a wonderful insight into the life of a little girl living in the 1940's in China. This book made me realise how lucky I am and it has made my many arguments with my parents seem trivial in comparison to this poor girl's childhood. I think this is a great read and would recomend it to everyone young and old, it is a real eye opener.
Amelia, girl, age 11, from Sydney, Australia, on 2nd April 2005. Rating: 10/10
I loved the book! I couldn't put it down for 1 second! I would definately recommend this book for other people that are interested. Chinese Cinderella just shows me and many other people how lucky we are to have such great parents. This book is so sad sometimes and if you haven't read this book yet- if you don't like crying, maybe read something else!
Elyse Rosa, girl, age 13, from NSW Sydney, Australia, on 29th March 2005. Rating: 9/10
Hi, I think this book was very good. It never got boring and it never got tooooo sad. I liked it because it brought a smile to my face beacsue I think i have it bad sometimes but everyday adeline has it bad. Have you ever seen the movie A LITTLE PRINCESS well that is like adeline except adeline isnt loked in a adick. Why cant adeline be a princess? Why cant she have a good life? The step-mother is the stepmother in the world, and i reckon that the father should wake up and smell the flowers and realise whats gong on. Dont you?? All i can sa i give it 9/10 because it is just a great book and i reckon the the catholic education office should bring it to all High Scools around Australia but maybe not primary because its tooo hard of understanding for them. Sincerly,Elyse Rosa NSW SYD OLSH High School Yr7
ajita, girl, age 14, from Sydney, Australia, on 27th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
this book by far would have to the best book ive read in a long time. Im a big fan of terjerkers,and this one is no exception. It really makes me realise how lucky am to have the amazing parents that i do have. I would recomment this book to anyone who loves to cry!!!!!
Hayley, girl, age 14, from Queensland, Australia, on 25th March 2005. Rating: 9/10
This book was very touching. I thought about how I would feel in that particular situation. Adeline makes you feel like you are standing there watching everything and feeling everything. I dont very often cry in books but my eyes were not dry during this story... Excellents, Emotional, Interesting
Kimberly, girl, age 18, from Yorke Peninsula, Australia, on 24th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think this book was great. It was one of the most touching books i have ever read. Books don't usually make me cry but this one sure did. It really makes you think about your own life and to be thankful for what you have and how you are treated. The incident with PLT really made me sad because i own a duck and i could never imagine that happening to him, i would be devestated, and because he was her only little friend it made it even worse. I recommend this book to anyone who likes to read, you wont be disappointed.
Pen , girl, age 17, from ACT, Australia, on 23rd March 2005. Rating:
I loved this book, i don't know why, but it was brilliant. i read it when i was younger, but it has always stayed with me. Just the memory of that little duckling makes me angry and sad. I'm happy i read it.
Mary Dinh, girl, age 16, from Newcastle NSW, Australia, on 23rd March 2005. Rating:
I read this a while back and I don't think that this book is OVER exagerrated. It's her life she is telling us from her perpective and if that is how it is, then that's ho it is. I enjoyed this book so much, that i read two version of it. This is one of my favourite books and i recommend it to teenagers. Mary Dinh
cool chic, girl, age 12, from sydney, Australia, on 22nd March 2005. Rating: 8/10
i think this book was absoloutley great! I had to read it for english and when i first got it i didnt really think much of it but when i started reading it i just couldnt put it down! i despised Niang and Adelines father....this just proves how mean some people can be! I loved the ending though, how she got to go to England and study with her 3rd brother. I recomend this book to anyone who is interested. Don't think this book is boring...because remember you can never judge a book by its cover! This is an absoloute great book! I LOVE IT...and i cant wait to read Falling Leaves!!! :D
Jess, girl, age 12, from Hong Kong, on 22nd March 2005. Rating: 9/10
I think that this is a brilliant book. I am Chinese as well and the story is a true lifetime story. Althought is is not like this anymore, things do stay in your memory forever, especially the ones that a very important. As some people have already said, it is a very sad story. Some bits of it make you cry, some make you laugh and even some of it gives you a reverence on little parts of the Chinese hisory. Over all it is a very interesting story and it is one of the books which I woud cnsider as a MUST READ!!!!!
Alice, girl, age 13, from Leicestershire, United Kingdom, on 21st March 2005. Rating:
I thought this book was really great at the time I read it. I also have read Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society, which is a fictional story. It took a while for me to get into it but it grew on me in the end. An EXCELLENT book!!!!
anonomous, girl, age 15, from northern ireland, United Kingdom, on 21st March 2005. Rating: 10/10
Chinese cinderella is by far the best book i've ever read. It gives a basic insight to chinese traditions. even though she dosen't ask for any sympathy i can't help but feel for her because she suffered emotionally aswell as physically. i thaught it was a real tear-jerker!!
Anonymous, girl, age 11, from United States, on 20th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I loooooooved this book so much. Some parts scared me, made me cry, and also made me happy. If you want a book like this, READ IT NOW. There is no other book better than this.
J.Vo, girl, age 13, from California, United States, on 19th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think the book was very moving. The author wrote it in great detail, and I can tell that she poured her heart to it. In the end, I looked at things with a different perspective.
Paul, boy, age 17, from qld, Australia, on 16th March 2005. Rating: 1/10
Adelines life might have been bad, but the story is somewhat over exaggerated. why would ye ye allow niang to rule over them, when the chinese tradition is that of male domination. even fathers opinion could be over ruled by her. others in the family got it bad too, and it was only adelines stubborness that made niang so angry at her. if adeline wasnt so determined to stand against her, life wouldn't have been so bad. overall it was alright, but we had to pull the story apart in english, so i've seen she doesn't really deserve your sympathy
Jess, girl, age 14, from Sydney, Australia, on 15th March 2005. Rating:
I thought this book was a great! It was a good way to reflect on your own life, as well as to see how mean people can be! Some of the crule things her siblings do to her are just awful! but i really did enjoy it! Parts of it make you cry, and others make you laugh. I have to do a speech and book review on it, which is pretty hard, as there are so many things you want to include! If you haven't read this, you definaely (blah~ can't spell) read it!! :)
Johnny, boy, age 11, from Toronto, Canada, on 13th March 2005. Rating: 9/10
I loved this book. Especially since I am Chinese as well. It was very interested, and the story was excellent! I would recommend it to anyone interested.
JC, girl, age 16, from Quezon City, Philippines, on 13th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is very nice because I learned that life is like a fairytsle where evil stepmomther, magical events and happy ending consists!
Kiran , girl, age 15, from Karachi, Pakistan, on 8th March 2005. Rating:
I think that the bok is really interesting. the writer presents the child as if she herself is the child in the story. A reader involves in this book from heart and soul and deeply thinks about that small girl.I really felt the childs difficulties and her feelings from my heart. I thanked Allah for giving me such loving and caring parents.
Nikki, girl, age 13, from MA, United States, on 6th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
OMG! I loved this book! It was really sad to know that Adeline was treated that way. I really despised Niang and her father though. I liked the ending. And yes,I was forced to read the book but after I started to read it, i couldn't put it down. When ever I did it was like the next free time you had, you had to go and read it and finmd out what happened! My opinion is it is on the MUST READ list!!!
Immy, girl, age 11, from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, on 5th March 2005. Rating: 10/10
It is a great book and I really enjoyed the drama. It makes me fell very lucky to have such loving parents and family.
Miamazing, girl, age 13, from Warwickshire, United Kingdom, on 3rd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
I was moved by this book. It made me feel so proud of my life and feel great sorrow for those who aren't as lucky. The book was written beautifully in a wistful way. The main character was brilliant. She always held her head high in difficult situations.
Jean, age 12, from New South Wales, Australia, on 2nd March 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is one of the best and saddest i have read. This inspired me alot and my class because we had to study this book. This book is one of my favourites and hope that others that read this book would like it as much as i do and will be inspred by it.
Lu, girl, age 14, from New Zealand, on 2nd March 2005. Rating: 9/10
I loved this book, i found it very inspiraring and it made me realise how lucky i am to have a loving and supportive family, i think every child dserving the love of their parents and the people around them so it saddened me to know how mistreated she was. I would encourage people of all ages to read this book because it is written with such honesty and emotion, you won't be disappointed!
Samantha, girl, age 14, from Spring Valley, United States, on 28th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I loved this book a lot. It made me happy to know that I live in a home with such a good environment... but at the same time it saddens me to think about what people like Adeline Yen Mah have to go through. This is a story I would recommend to many mature teens, especially some who may not cherish life as much as they may need to.
Pepe Bes, girl, age 13, from auckland, New Zealand, on 22nd February 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book touched my heart. its very depressing how adeline has such a hard life. The best bit in the book that really got me going is when the tension build up when plt was ...
Randi Fischer , girl, age 13, from Hiawatha Kansas, United States, on 21st February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book was the best book that I have read in a long time. Other children can realte to it if they are an unwated child. it really describes what it is like to grow up in japan and to be the youngest of a lot of kids. Even though Yen Jun Ling knew htat it wans her fault that ehr mother died seh felt at fault and seh had to live with the guilt her whole life. I really enjoyed this BOOK!
Anat, girl, age 14, from luanda, Angola, on 21st February 2005. Rating: 10/10
i think the book was really good because it's full of drama.
Heather Prawat, girl, age 14, from Bremen, Indiana, United States, on 17th February 2005. Rating: 9/10
This book made me feel grateful for the life that I have. Even though living in a house with nine other people can be sometimes frustrating. My mom and my sisters even enjoyed it.
Lauren, girl, age 14, from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, on 17th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book is amazingly well written, and very touching. It definately makes you feel glad that you live the way you do instead of being hated and unwanted like this poor girl. Read this book, it will change the way you look at things.
Mary, girl, age 13, from warren, United States, on 15th February 2005. Rating: 8/10
I liked the book. But I read a comment from someone else and she said she might of understood the book better then other people cause she is chinese. what does it matter where u are from? Ur background has nothing to do with the way you understand the book I just wanted to make that clear. But overall I liked the book.
isra, girl, age 13, from pais, France, on 14th February 2005. Rating:
it is wonderfull it really makes me feel how other unwanted child feels like it taught me that u should stay strong no matter wut
Miki, girl, age 11, from Sydney, Australia, on 14th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I loved this book!! We are studing it at school and I would never have read it if we hand't. I'm so glad I did.
[Anonymous], girl, age 13, from United States, on 13th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
I enjoyed the book very much and thought it was a real page turner! I couldnt put the book down!
MegySue, girl, age 13, from B.C., Canada, on 11th February 2005. Rating: 9/10
I thought it was a great book it made me feel thankful for having a loving family who loves me very much.The author also inspired me, also the author made you feel like you were living in Adelines feet and feeling the same strong emotions as here. I was very happy to find out th at she got to go to college with her brother.and to get away from the step mom and others and start her life in a new direction.
Potato (don't ask it's my nickname), girl, age 14, from Durban, South Africa, on 10th February 2005. Rating: 9/10
It is a great book. Now i don't usually cry when i read books. no matter how sad the book is but the emotion this book stirrs up in you is AMAZING!!!!!!! It really opens your eyes and makes you think: hey! this stuff really does happen in the world. And most people say nah... this happened years ago. and it did. but that doesn't mean it doesn't happen now. It's books like this that make you see the truth....
Stephanie Weller, girl, age 11, from Sydney, Australia, on 9th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
In the first chapter I felt her sadness and depression but throughout the book she handled things so well and so strong i simply couldn't put it down,i hadto know what happened next.The thing that i can't believe is that she was treated so badly by her dad, siblings and Niang she was the worst.It was a good thing that PLT( precious little treasure )was around. For all of you that haven't read it DO IT NOW!!!You won't regret it.
Carlotta , girl, age 12, from Long Island, United States, on 8th February 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book inspired me deeply. I could really feel her emptyness and how she craved to be accepted by her father and siblings.I really admire her goal in life and how she was so drivin to learn and to accept herself.I too have felt unloved and unwanted, but not from my family but from my peers.It's ok if you show this to everyone because it in fact is reality. - Thank you so much for writing this book, adeline because now I know i am not the only one.
trisha, girl, age 12, from london, United Kingdom, on 7th February 2005. Rating:
I found the book interesting and sometimes deppressing. I felt both her sadness and her joy and cryed when she cried. It was simply the best book EVER! I expect you all to read it and I recommend it with all my heart! GO READ!
jennifer , girl, age 11, from dublin, Ireland, on 19th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
WWWWWWOOOOOWWWWWWW .That was the bbeesstt book evere.I went to China after reading the book and i could really relate the book to real life.When i read the after china it was magic.I ould picture the schools like the one in China.all my friends loved it too.
SAM, girl, age 12, from CHESHIRE, United Kingdom, on 18th January 2005. Rating: 9/10
THIS BOOK IS AMAZING IT TELL A TRUE STORY OF AN UNWANTED CHILD. I WOULD RECCOMEND IT IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR AN EASY READ AND SOMETHING A BIT DIFFERENT
khairiyah, girl, age 14, from Singapore, on 17th January 2005. Rating: 9/10
i think that this book is very interesting
Cinderella, girl, age 11, from Reading, United Kingdom, on 15th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
This book made me cry but it didnt make me laugh very much as it is so moving and sad.In some ways i feel we can all relate to Chinese Cinderella,we all have off days when we feel lonely - even when there is millions of people around you.Every little girls dream isn't to have a pretty little pony or lots of sweets but to love and to be loved.
Alicia, girl, age 10, from United States, on 11th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
this book was AWSOME!!!!! it was impossible for me to put it down! to tell you the truth, my teacher made me read it! it was soo sad, but heartwarming. i loved the book, and am reading it for the 11th time now! i would rate it up with Harry Potter and Holes, and all the other good books! this was one of the best books ive read, and i totally recomend it!
Jun ling, girl, age 16, from Singapore, on 9th January 2005. Rating: 10/10
i love this book lots. when i first picked it up, it was because the author shared the same name as i do. this book made me see the ugly side of human nature and the helplessness of an abused child. it brought joy and as well as sadness to me. it helped me learn and mature alot. all in all its a great book. definitely one of the best!
Lenita , girl, age 17, from Indal, Sweden, on 8th January 2005. Rating: 9/10
I love this book. You are very touched by the story and I couldn't stop reading it. :-)
JoJo, girl, age 11, from Seattle, United States, on 28th December 2004. Rating:
I LOVED THIS BOOK BECAUSE ITS SO SAD AND THAT NO ONE SHOULD BE BLAMED FOR THEIR MOTHER'S DEATH.....IM JUST SO GLAD ALL OF IT (ABUSEMENT) IS OVER FOR ADELINE....BUT THEIR ARE STILL KIDS WHO GET ABUSED OUT THERE.....
Alannah, girl, age 11, from Brisbane, Australia, on 24th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
I have read Chinese Cinderella and I think that it is a really good book but one of the worst parts in it for me is chapter 11 PLT I found it really hard to read it because I love birds because I own three. But everything else was really good I love it and I am reading it now for the third time, I just can't put it down
Azy, girl, age 12, from Hong Kong, on 18th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is a wonderful book. It has brought tears to my eyes. Although I have not finished reading it but yet so far I think the need for some one to love you is very important. I love the way Adeline is so determined to do what she wants to do and does tries to be the best independently.
aimee blunt, girl, age 12, from wolvrhampton, United Kingdom, on 9th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
its a great and it made me cry i really felt for adeline through the whole story. the part i cried the most was where her pet duck died PLT
Ceridwen, girl, age 14, from yass, Australia, on 9th December 2004. Rating:
I definately would not have read this book, or even picked it up if i had not been given it as a reading assignment, but it brought tears to my eyes. It was a truly emotional and inspiring story and makes me realise that you can do anything if you try. I admire her courage.
Tish, girl, age 12, from glasgow, United Kingdom, on 7th December 2004. Rating: 9/10
I thought this book was amazing. I couldn't put it down even though it made me cry.It really made me think how lucky I am to have a loving family. I really respect Adeline Yen Mah for not giving up and achieving her ambitions!
Annelyse, girl, age 14, from Yass, Australia, on 7th December 2004. Rating: 10/10
Wow, Wow, Wow!!!!! What an amazing and inspiring book. Adeline battle has brought hope to many. To be truely honest when my teacher Miss Nicholls told that we had to read this book for english, I was hesitant and had mixed emotioms about it. But after reading Chinese Cinderella I rate it up there with Harry Potter. Truely Brillant.
[Anonymous], from United States, on 3rd December 2004. Rating:
To be quite truthful I probably would not have picked this book to read on my own. I had to read Chinese Cinderella for an english assignment. I am glad that I chose this book to read. I thought that it was very moving book and it made me thing of just how lucky I am to have a family who cares. I think that Chinese Cinderella was one of the best books that i have read in a very long time. Adeline Yen Mah is a phenominal writer.
Rowan, girl, age 12, from Northland, New Zealand, on 3rd December 2004. Rating: 9/10
I loved this book. I gave it 9/10. I would have given it 10/10 but it's so sad!! however I couldn't put it down and found it vert memorable. I think everyone should read this book.
mrs thomson, girl, age 41, from United Kingdom, on 2nd December 2004. Rating: 10/10
i think it is a most superb book i have readit before and i am currently readind it with my class pupils as i am a qualified teacher. i convinced the school to buy this book so that the pupils can have an insighton to adelnes childhood. i am very hapy to be reading it again especially with 13 year old pupils as i am curious to hear what their thought of the book is as i am sure it will be most interesting i reccomend the book to all ages. EXCELLENT!
Abigail, girl, age 14, from Dickinson ND, United States, on 30th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
I loved this book. It has inspired me to look at my life in a different way. This book brought tears to my eyes and feel what she was feeling mentally. It makes you look at your life and see how good you really have it. I think Adeline Yen Mah is a role- model to all because she can tell about her devestating life and change so many lives. She has inspired me in so many ways and I would like to thank her for that. I think everyone who has a chance to read this book should take it. It will give you a whole new point of view on life and look at your surroundings and family whole new way. Once you start reading this book, you will want to read it again and again.
Emily, girl, age 14, from Edinburgh, United Kingdom, on 28th November 2004. Rating:
I am not the type of person who likes to read books but i had to enable for me to pass my english. i thought the first page was kind of boring because i was thinking to myself "i don't want to do this, it is so boring" but at the end i know i had to, so i read the first chapter and i didn't realise it was actually interesting. there were some parts of the story which i felt i knew what it feels like. after that i enjoyed reading it and i recommened it to others.
Gloria, girl, age 11, from Long Island, United States, on 27th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
I think this book is the most best book I've read in my life. This book made me feel that even in the hardest times, you should never give up. Adeline experienced many terrible events, but she never gave up hope and beleived that miracles can happen. I think that every chlid in the whole world to read this book because whenever they are in a bad situation,you can always remember Adeline and be brave an courageous like her.
alice asford, girl, age 12, from england, United Kingdom, on 27th November 2004. Rating:
i wasnt a reader at all and on having to read it for a school book i wasnt looking forward to it. getting to the second chapter i could not let go of it, the fact it was a biogarhy shocked me the trouble that adiline is put thruogh is overwelming everyone should read it its GREAT
sarah, girl, age 13, from United Kingdom, on 23rd November 2004. Rating: 10/10
i am personally known to hate books we started reading it in school and i could not put it down it is too good i am writing this literally 5 mins after i read it. it makes me realize what a wonderful family i have. and that we should all be happy with what we have.i have to say superb book and i would reccomend it any day. i am thrilled to have read such a good book. and my mind is still in another world adelines world. READ IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! brilliant hope to read more of her books.
Octavia, girl, age 13, from none, United Kingdom, on 23rd November 2004. Rating:
i liked this book because Niang was just like my stepmom and i felt for her and her duck. i havent finished yet asa we are reading it from school yet it is a lovey, lively moving tale and i think every 12 year old should read it because it really spoke to me and not alot does thease days.
Hannah, girl, age 12, from South Australia (Southern Flinders Ranges), Australia, on 20th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
I absoulutely loved it!!! It was so depressing that the story is true but in some ways it made it even more intriguing!! Usually if something horrible happens you can re-assure yourself saying that it's only a story but in this book you can't. This book is like an eye-opener about how even your parents can treat you horribly. I really loved it!!
Kimberlee, girl, age 12, from San Antonio, United States, on 19th November 2004. Rating:
This book was really good. I think Adeline Yen Mah is a great writer and she should keep on writing more books because she makes reading interesting to me. The sad thing about this book is that it is true. Niang and Father where so mean to Adeline!! It was great how Adeline described the way Niang, Father, and her three brothers treated her because it truly touched me. I am going to keep reading more of Adelines books because they are so great. She is now my favorite author. This book was the best book I have ever read. I LOVED IT!
Jessie, girl, age 7, from Esher, United Kingdom, on 18th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
It's amazing this story is true! I feel so sorry for her! It's the saddiest story i've ever read! I hate Horrid Niang and Father!!!!!You should read this book is the bestest book ever! Adeline is such a good writer!
Twm Morgan, boy, age 17, from Wales, United Kingdom, on 18th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
After working with Chinese people for over 2 years, I decided to read this book as a english essay and then to write a book review of it afterwards. I learnt quite a few things about the chinese culture, old and new and I could finally understand why my fellow chinese workers acted in such ways. It was a pleasure to read and I do hope on reading the rest of the series. Adeline Yen Mah captures her lifes up and downs in this fantastically written book, catch many young readers eyes. It certainly caught mine!
Elizabeth Jane, girl, age 12, from New South Wales, Australia, on 17th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
I absouloutly loved it!!!!!!!!!! One of my best friends put me on to it and she spentv 1 hour on the phone to me telling me how interesting and exciting this book was. So i decided that i would give it a read. It was just amazing the way Adeline Yen Mah described the terrible things that happened to her. I felt it was sad hoe she had to wait until her Niang had died to tell her story, because it was unbeliveable and semmed 100% trutrhful. To Miss Yen Mah I think you should write another story about what actually happened to you after the end of Chinese Cinderella, I thought Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society was great but just out of my own curiosity i would like to know. Falling Leaves might have thaty in it, I hope to read it in the future because it says it is an adults version. Well a fabtastic book, keeep writing you are an excellent influence to me.
Francessca, girl, age 12, from United Kingdom, on 13th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
We are reading this book as class reading. THe other night the homework was to read chapters 6 & 7-I read up to chapter 17! although I've not finished reading it yet i still give it 9/10. I think the sadest thing about the book is that it is a true story.
Louise, girl, age 32, from Leicestershire, United Kingdom, on 12th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
My 12 year old borrowed it from her school library for me to read as she knows I love to read 'historical- factual'. I started reading at 8.30am this morning and literally couldn't put it down. I read it from cover to cover - I can't remember when I last did that. It's a truly inspiring story. I can't wait for my daughter to read it too. Wonderful!
fattie, girl, age 14, from te Kuiti, New Zealand, on 11th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
This book was the meanest and it really changed my perspection of life-when adeline got attached to her duck and then it got killed i couldn't stop crying for ages,it really helped me.
fattieboomboom, girl, age 14, from Te Kuiti, New Zealand, on 11th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
never actually thought that there would be a book written that was that close to the reality of what happens in the world and it changed my life and my thoughts of the world. Basically it changed my life and my friends as well.
larry, girl, age 14, from exeter, United Kingdom, on 9th November 2004. Rating:
I give this book a 9/10, it is an amazing story of a girl who is treated very badly by her family and no one deserves to be treated like this, ever. It is a book that I will always remember sa I learnt more about Chinese culture and also about how children have to meaning to adults as they think they can make all the decisions, this even applies today. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as I did and you should read it as it is something that will stay with you forever.
Emilia, girl, age 14, from Melbourne, Australia, on 9th November 2004. Rating: 10/10
I loved this book. It is written really well and i found it hard to put down. The hate that adeline had to go through during her childhood is terrible and although i found it sad, i thought it was one of the best books i've ever read.
Millie Samuels, girl, age 14, from dubbo, nsw, Australia, on 5th November 2004. Rating: 8/10
i think this book is extremely sad, no girl deserves to be treated that way, no matter what and just to know that its a real life sotry is depressing i advise eveyone to read it and see what some young girls have to go through. i really enjoyed it as it was a biogrpahy, that she was telling,
Ivy, girl, age 27, from Pasig, Philippines, on 5th November 2004. Rating: 9/10
Chinese Cinderella is an insightful work of art. The picture it paints of life in China seem atypical yet the images are consistent with other accounts of per-Communist China. The story is told matter-of-factly without judgement of the characters that have been the protagonists in her life. Aside from the biographical aspect which is truly interesting reading, what inspires me is the short account of Ye Ye's explanation of the beauty of Chinese pictography. I have learned Mandarin in school and have known about this aspect before but it doesn't cease to amaze me.
leah, girl, age 13, from nsw, Australia, on 4th November 2004. Rating: 7/10
i think this book was really good with adeline showin out her home and family life. the things se has been through where horrific...but this was written 60 or so odd yrs ago. im not bein too critical but adeline might of changed a few ways in what she sees how she was brung up. she might of changed a few things to be a little exaggerating. sthis happens sometimes with autobiographies
riley, girl, age 13, from melbourne, Australia, on 3rd November 2004. Rating: 6/10
i thought it was a good story. i myself have 4 sisters and 1 brother so i know how it feels sometimes to be forgotten or misunderstood. but this story opened up knew perspectives. it made me realize how lucky i really am.
steph, girl, age 12, from bristol, United Kingdom, on 2nd November 2004. Rating: 10/10
i recaon it was the best book i have read i would give it a ten out of ten
puddle-gurl, girl, age 13, from La Crescenta near Los Angelos, United States, on 2nd November 2004. Rating: 9/10
This book made me realize how lucky and happy MY life is. Adeline gives an excellent example of the horror of life and how disasterous your life can get. I think Adeline faced enough consequenses. I want to meet her even though I'm korean.
rangitatua pairama, girl, age 13, from marton, New Zealand, on 1st November 2004. Rating: 10/10
well i used to be suicidell because i thought my life was bad but now i know its not thanks to adelines story and it brought out my smile
Fiona, girl, age 12, from Sydney, Australia, on 1st November 2004. Rating: 9/10
I think that this book is really that emotional. It teaches us about how other people live and we shouln't complain about out lifestyle. It is a really absorbing book for many age groups. I want another story by this fabulous author.
Sissy, girl, age 13, from Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, on 31st October 2004. Rating: 10/10
When i started to rad this ook i was amazed how much times have changed and how we take so many things for grantd, later on i was moved to tears and could really feel theemotionsin the book. When there was an achievement i felt proud , a death;sad, a joke;happy. It really is a heart renedering book. everyone should read it
jammi, girl, age 13, from Australia, on 27th October 2004. Rating: 9/10
i thick that this book is a really good and it is very hard to put down once you have started reading it it was also a really different sort of experiance for me because useally when i read a book i like read a page and dont want to read no more but with this book i was really ken to read it all the time i just with that i could read somethink more like this cause i really do like this book well i g2g bub bi jammi
Heidi, girl, age 11, from Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, on 26th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is a really moving story and at some points i was in tears. The saddest point for me was when they killed her duck which she loved a lot. I would recommend this book to older readers as i think they would appreciate it more then the younger ones.
BFG, girl, age 13, from Victoria, Australia, on 26th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
I thought Chinese Cinderella was a fantastic book to read. It was hard to believe that this actually happened. If you love a good book, then this one is for you!
courtney , girl, age 13, from washington, United States, on 26th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
i think that it was great for a young beutiful girl to tell about her life as a young child and all about her history
Georgi, girl, age 10, from United Kingdom, on 25th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is really good! I'm going to read the 2nd one! It was very sad! But I think if you haven't read it then u should! Georgi !
madonna ferrao, girl, age 15, from auckland, New Zealand, on 25th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
when adeline's mother died giving birth to her,the family considered Adelinebad luck and she was made to feel unwanted all her life.Chinese Cinderellais the story of her struggle for acceptance and how she overcame the odds to prove her worth
Amy, girl, age 16, from Liverpool, United Kingdom, on 25th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
Once I started reading this book, I couldn't put it down. While I was reading the book, I could picture the scenes of Adeline Yen Mah growing up through her horrific childhood, very vividly. No child should ever be treated like she did - especially by thier own parents. The book strongly appealed to my, and im sure many others who have read the book, sense of justice and equality. What made the book appealing was that, it is a true story and throughout it made me cry three times. The book also gives the reader an insight into chinese culture. Highly Recommended to all.
Bree Maree, girl, from Queensland, Australia, on 24th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
In this Book Yen Mah wines to much its just like all she ever does is conplain about her aweful child hood.
kiki, girl, age 14, from london, United Kingdom, on 23rd October 2004. Rating: 10/10
when i got back from the 6 weeks holidays i found out that i had to read and write essays on chinese cinderella for my year 10 english coursework and wasn't i p****d? cause i only read harry potter books!!!!!! in the beggining i didn't really enjoy or understand the book, probably because the book looked quite boring, u get me? but when i got up to the 3rd chapter i got into it and i felt an emotion that i never felt when i read harry potter (apart from when sirius dies). sometimes i feel as if the worlds against me and teenagers feel like that some times, but adeline was made to feel like that from such a young age and no one really, apart from aunt baba gave her a life that she should of had.reading this book made me realise how ungrateful i am cause sometimes i get angry with my mum for doing minor things like shouting at me 4 no reason,then i think about niang and how she treats adeline and realise how lucky i am to have a loving family.A family i'm not scared to be around. i would advise people to to read this book if you want to read something different.(or if you're tired of waiting for harry potter and the half blood price to come out). that saying,"neva judge a book by it's cover" is quite right.
Meg, girl, from Kansas, United States, on 22nd October 2004. Rating: 1/10
I thought Chinese Cinderella was an excellant book. It is a true story of an unwanted daughter(author).My eyes were glued on the pages throughout the story. I thought it was incredibly detailed and realistic.
Jess, girl, age 13, from Chichester, United Kingdom, on 21st October 2004. Rating: 1/10
I love this book, i am reading it at school in english and we only read 1 chapter a day, i couldn't wait to find out what happened and read on! I was starting to loose an intrest in reading [as i USED to be a bit of a bookworm!] then i read this book it's fantastic, i would recomend it to anyone it's a book for all sorts! Its got happiness sadness and love in it! If your looking for a good book READ IT!!
shany, girl, age 14, from Jewish, Israel, on 21st October 2004. Rating: 8/10
first when i heared the name 'Chinese Cinderella' i was thinking what? and we had to read it at school i actaully started to like to book and i was really exited to keep readinig this.
sunita thind, girl, age 22, from nottingham, United Kingdom, on 20th October 2004. Rating: 8/10
I thought this book was a fabulous story had some good imagery but also the language was not too dense that you could not emphatise with the reader. Really a harrowing tale, I have always been interested in Oriental culture and history
lucy c-j, girl, age 11, from birmingham, United Kingdom, on 20th October 2004. Rating: 9/10
i think this boobk is very good. it is an autobiography based on adeline yen mays life.it does make you sad in alot of parts, but in other it makes you happy for her. adelines life turns up-side down when she moves in with her new step mother Niang.she has to walk miles to school everyday what ever the weather.she gets hurt all the time by niang or jackie(her dog),her best friend(a duck)gets killed by jackie aswell.but adeline has some new friends at school, while her brothers are starting to play tricks on her(the people she trusts most). chinese cinderella is a really good book i give it ***** out of *****.
Anna, girl, age 17, from Mackay, Australia, on 20th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
The book was fantastic, but heart-breaking, it brought tears to my eyes, it is well-written and i would recommend it to anyone, even if it's just to learn a little about Chinese culture.
adam, boy, age 14, from new york, United States, on 20th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
I was assigned this book for english. I was reluctant to pick it up. I'm glad I did, however. It was interesting. It applied a theme from a fairy tale to a more real-life situation. This made it easier to relate to the story. I think that the author did well in manipulating the reader's emotions. It was easy to feel pity and sympathy for poor Adeline, especially under the circumstances she had to deal with. At some points, however the story seemed painful to even read. It almost seemed difficult to believe that the situation could be so dreadful for Adeline. All in all, it was a great book and I think everyone should at least check it out.
suzie, girl, age 12, from Ireland, on 12th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
i loved this book it was brilliant what made it good was that it was real story
Alex, girl, age 13, from hastings, New Zealand, on 12th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
I dont read offen but when this book was recomended to me by a friend i trusted her judgement.I loved this book it brought tears to my eyes in some bits and has inspired me to read more.
Obaydah, boy, age 17, from Baton Rouge, United States, on 10th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
I read this book twice, and I enjoyed it. it is now my favorite book im currently rading this book for the third time. I thought her story was very touching. I could relate to her about PLT. My heart goes out to her . READ IT
Georgie, girl, age 14, from Adelaide, Australia, on 9th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
Cinderella Story made me cry for the first time reading a book and it hasn't happened since, so that's how amazing this book is. I read it from the minute I bought it and only stopped to eat and when i got ready for bed. I finished the book after 12 hours!!! I could not put it down. So sad...sob...
Jack, boy, age 13, from Auckland, New Zealand, on 9th October 2004. Rating: 9/10
I really enjoyed this book of Adeline Yen Mah, i felt sad as i read it through i think lots of Chinese childrens are like this in the old days. but i'm happy that Adeline had a happy life now. so i hope you can tell us more about your life in England
obaydah, boy, age 10, from Baton Rouge, LA, United States, on 7th October 2004. Rating: 1/10
I think that this book is the best book of all time. I give it 5 stars. I read her other book Falling Leaves. Then I saw this book on Adeline Yen Mah. I tried it out, and I loved it. I suggest you read it. I read the book twice in 3 days. The book is now my favorite book. It taught to not take anything for granted, and appreciate evrything I get. SO BUY THIS BOOK
tru, girl, age 14, from New Zealand, on 7th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
Chinese cinderella was really inspiring and it makes you realise how grateful we really are!! I really enjoyed reading it as i really felt for her during the times she had to stay with her stepmother. I recommend this book to everyone for a 'different' read!!!
Obaydah , boy, age 10, from Baton Rouge, United States, on 7th October 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is one of the best books i've ever read. It changed the way I viewed things. I read the book twice and It still doesn't get boring. I'll give it 5 stars. Im looking forward to her next book. I have also read her other book Falling leaves in addition to Chinesse Cinderella. I can't wait for her next book.
sonkiii, girl, age 14, from london, United Kingdom, on 30th September 2004. Rating: 1/10
hiii.i think chinese cinderella is a wonderfull book. but i found it emotional and sad but i am happy for her now she has a nice home and hope she is living welll i feel it for her basicly. and ia m sorry about her pet plt coz if anything happen to my little pet i wud cry and runaway from home and probably commit a murder by killing my stepmother lol xxx
Sarah , girl, age 33, from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, on 26th September 2004. Rating: 1/10
I absolutely loved this book. I felt very sorry for her but I am happy how she got through it all in the end. Congratulations to the author!
Alex . M, girl, age 13, from plymouth, United Kingdom, on 25th September 2004. Rating: 9/10
This book is truly moving.It's compelling , magnificent and will really make you think. Chinease cinderella is unbelivable , because of all this young girl is going through and every inch of the way her stepmother makes life harder for her. Her father dosn't even know she exists. Until the end of her boarding school year a mysterious call from her father makes her visit. As she enters the room she sees her father is in a good mood relaxing she sits opposite him. Her dream comes true she gets to go to an english university with third brother. 'Your future is limitless and i shall always be proud of you, my chinese cinderella.'
Lydia, girl, age 13, from launceston tasmania, Australia, on 24th September 2004. Rating: 8/10
chinese cinderella was one of the best books ive read, unlike other books i didnt chuck it under my bed and never finish reading it. chinese cinderella kept me well entertained. it was very sad reading about her family life. And me being someone who looks diferent to everyone else in their country, i know how sam felt but it was really good that he didnt let it get to him ,ive had a lot of racist stuff said to me all through my life. like sam one of my parents are from another country it had a sweat and touching ending how the boys considered CC their little sister and they stuck together for the rest of their lives
Shareka, girl, age 16, from St.Petersburg, United States, on 21st September 2004. Rating: 10/10
When I first found this book in my schools media center i thought that it would be in Chinese but when I read the back of the book which informs you what it would be about, I really liked it. It was a very sad story but in all Adeline really did as she should came out on top. It should be a must read for all because it shows you how much you should appericate your family.
booban, girl, age 10, from New York, United States, on 20th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book is fascinating. When i read the book, i am so much in the book that i feel like i'm at school becoming the school president and i get tears in my eyes when PLT dies. I feel the pain when wipped and slapped. The Chinese Cinderella is a never forgetting book. It will stay in your heart forever. Reading the book is like having a second life. The book is made to compare your normal life and your heart breaking life when reading the Chinese Cinderella. Although i am only at chapter 15, i admire this book like nobody else ever did. I just want to say congratulations to the author.
Charlotte, girl, age 13, from Hampshire, United Kingdom, on 18th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
I loved the book. I had to wait three weeks for it to get to me from another library, but it was worth it. Once I had started I couldn't put it down. I have always been interested in other countries and their cultures, and this book has really stuck in my mind. I consider myself extremly lucky that I have such a loving family. I wanted to scream and shout at her family countless times throughout the story for treating her so badly, and i think its amazing how much she had to put up with. Her determination really inspired me and I think she is a role model to everyone. Adeline Yeh Mah really is a talented writer. When I get back to school I am going to ask if we can study this book in English!
Samantha, girl, age 14, from Sydney, Australia, on 16th September 2004. Rating: 8/10
I had read this book when I was eleven and I felt that I could relate to a lot of Adeline's enotions. But when our class started studying it this year, I found that the themes in Chinese Cinderella were quite interesting.She is the fifth born in the family (including her step-borther and sister) and she has no say in how she lives her life. Her parents disrespect her, and she doesn't feel as if she has a place anywhere. Her only refuge is school. School is the only thing that makes her happy and makes her father pleased with her. Luckily she uses this skill to her advantage and is able to acheieve his respect.
frankie, girl, age 13, from nsw, Australia, on 14th September 2004. Rating: 9/10
i loved it. it made me close to tears how her family and friends treated her differently though she was a child. its a sad story, but it made me relise how good my life is.
Natalie, girl, age 12, from NSW, Australia, on 10th September 2004. Rating: 9/10
I was quite absorbed in the book when i started reading. I liked the book a lot and even made me feel as though it happened to me, which made me close to tears. Though some of the times i found it a bit boring and had to skip a few pages so i could find out what was next. This book made me understand that i am really lucky to have a nice family and etc.
Starlet7000, girl, age 14, from Victoria, Australia, on 8th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
A heart warming story and certainly leaves a teary eye. A book that is a must for everyone's personal library. As a little girl Adeline had to endure so much hardship and taunt from her family. Reading this book has made me a better person and I realised how you must not take things for granted.
Milk, girl, age 11, from Vic, Australia, on 5th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
Chinese Cinderella made me realise that how fortunate i am to have a supporting, loving family. Unlike me, Adeline suffered through a very tough life but made it through and achieved so many things. She reminds me of the Chinese Anne Frank becuse of her preserverence. I personally think that Adeline deserves the respect from all readers.
........, girl, age 14, from Sydney, Australia, on 5th September 2004. Rating: 10/10
this is my favourite book. it helped me relise what life is about, it shows me that the troubles in my life is nothing compared to what some people face. personally i think adeline should be a role model for all in some way.... and this book also shows how much people need a family.. eg. how adeline stayed with her family even though they put her into so much hardship. adeline has become my role model, not just because she overcomed hurdles in her life but because she can reflect on her childhood and seen how she grew and learned from it..
Faten hammoud, girl, age 13, from new south wales, Australia, on 3rd September 2004. Rating: 1/10
i think that this book is really boring our teacher made us read it and i got bored from it from the first two pages. I DON'T like reading autobiographies especially if they are that long. seriously
neetah, girl, age 13, from nsw sydney, Australia, on 1st September 2004. Rating: 10/10
i love that book so much. i couldnt put it down. i got told off for not doing my homework because i was reading. i've read the book 14 times and im still not sick of it. im glad that adeline wrote that book because that showed me im already lucky to have all the things i have, like a family that loves me. when i read the book i started to cry when PLT had been killed by jackie. i also started to cry when she recieved the letter from aunt baba and told her the story about cinderella. i love that book sooo much but i still havent gotten the book. i kept on reading my friends copy she would get so annoyed that i borrowed the book too many times for so long cause i kept on reading it over and over again.
Danielle, girl, age 16, from Dundee, United Kingdom, on 29th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
Ihave read Chinese Cinderella 3 times i now have to use this book as my personl study. i really enjoyed this book and this it is an inspiration to all unwanted children to show tem that they can become something good. This book is the best ever book ive read.
domie, girl, age 16, from SYDNEY, Australia, on 23rd August 2004. Rating: 1/10
I didn't like reading this book. we had to read it for school and i found it EXTREMELY boring and somwhat over exaggerated. Like how she only mentions how her dad beat her once in the enitre belt and then in the end loves him for sending her to england when he wouldn't even let her have friends over. the only time i seriously felt any emotion in this enitire book was when Adeline had to watch PLT be killed by Jackie the savage dog. to me this book would much rather suit someone like my sister who is twelve instead of someone like me but like i said i had to read it to pass English so thats just my opinion. make what you want of it.
Dasha, girl, age 15, from Omsk, Russian Federation, on 18th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
I read this book a couple of times beacause it is that good. It was fascinating to learn about the old Chinese culture. But most important thing in the book was the chracter Adeline. Even in the begining of the book as a reader you can see that her sister says that she is "Bad Luck" because her mother died giving birth to her, which foreshadows the whole book where Adeline pays for her mother's death that she was not even guilty of. although i am not Adeline and have parents that love i feel really sorry for her, and I know that in my country there are kids that suffer to live in that kind of famillies.
Brooke, girl, age 15, from United Kingdom, on 16th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
I found this book to be one of he best iv ever read! The story was very sensitive but was enjoyable at the same time as i jus couldnt put the book down. The story made me realise how lucky i am to have such a loving family.
Meg, girl, age 15, from Adelaide, Australia, on 5th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
Adeline Yen Mah is an amazing writer. I have read both Falling Leaves (her story from when she is 14 to an adult) and Chinese Cinderella. My librarian said that i should try reading it, and once i started this book it was like i was really there. I could feel her pain and anguish, her feelings of abandonment. I was deeply touched. Adeline has recounted her story in a way that as a reader, i couldn't help but cry with her at PLT and feel her pride in front of her school-mates. This book is a must in every bookshelf, whether at home or in the library. I have read this book 3 times and i still love it. Whether you read autobiographys or not i would ask you to read this book. It is both sad and inspirational. I take my hat off to you, Adeline.
April, girl, age 13, from New London, United States, on 4th August 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think this book was excellent! A month after reading this book i was angry with my parents but then i remembered what this woman had to suffer so i got over my anger all thanks to this HIGHLY ENJOYABLE book!
Sunshine, girl, age 16, from adelaide, Australia, on 3rd August 2004. Rating: 10/10
Chinese Cinderella is a fantastic book because I don't read much and I couldn't put this book down. It's an amazing story of a little girls struggle for acceptance, especially from her father. Also reading about some of China's culture was another great thing about this fantastic book.
Danielle , girl, age 14, from N. Babylon, United States, on 1st August 2004. Rating: 10/10
I think that this book is amazing just to know that this actully happened to someone is astonishing but it really touches on so many aspects of life and i dont love many books but this is definately one of my favorates.
zeliha has, girl, age 13, from london / east london, United Kingdom, on 28th July 2004. Rating: 1/10
i love the book so much iam stilll reading it at the moment but so far i love it and the story is so interseting i have told my mum about it too lots of my class mates have asked me to swap the book with them but i have said no no no when i first got the boook i thought it would be written in chinese but to my shock it was alll in english,and also i learnt some chinese to where they telll u what big brother or big sister mean. i love the book so much
George, boy, age 24, from Brisbane, Australia, on 27th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
This is a truly amazing and touching story. Whilst being the story of a young girl, it is equally inspirational for male and female readers. The dark side of humanity which Adeline encounters, and the courage she displays are equally applicable to us all. The story is a window to another land and time. For particularly those people who have lived comfortable lives in the Western world, the book offers an enriching experience in empathy for those who have experienced social and physical torment of a totally foreign kind.
Coco, girl, age 12, from Tampa, United States, on 24th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
This book was truly touching. I, being Chinese, probably understood it more than my American friends. It brought tears to my eyes the first time I read it, because it just made me think of how lucky I was to be supported by my family, instead of have them despise of me. I read it plenty of times, and I still enjoy it!
Zie, girl, age 13, from Sydney, Australia, on 20th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I beleive that Chinese Cinderella is a truly memorable and touching story- it refelcts deeply on how one girl endured so much pain, more still that inflicted upon her by her own family. I think we can all draw inspiration from this text and learn to appreciate the forfilling lives that we ourselves lead- stories like Adelene's are not uncommon but most are kept in the shadows shielding the somewhat harsh reality of the real world from most kids my age- Chinese Cinderella is a surreal insight into a world so subtly close by, it really gives us a chance to contemplate how lucky we really are.
Lauren, girl, age 15, from ACT, Australia, on 20th July 2004. Rating: 8/10
i think this book was good. at first when i read the blurb i was hesitant to read it as it sounded like a really sad book. but i read the first 3 pages and i was hooked, it was great. it gave me a true understanding of what it must have been like for her, it was so true and down to earth. i recomend this book to anyone and everyone.
Jess, girl, age 11, from NSW, Australia, on 20th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
This book was very interesting. It had many traditions of the chinese culture and the way poeple in china lived. It also showed how lucky we are to live in happy familys were we are all treated the same. I think Naing was very mean and I would not like to have someone like her as a mother. I would give this book a 9/10
Beaditris, girl, age 13, from A.C.T, Australia, on 20th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
this is a great book and i reccommend it for all. Chinese Cinderella is the story of an unwanted child. It is an autobiography written by Adeline Yen Mah in her late fifties about her own childhood. This story was set back in the Japanese occupied China life and the civil war between the nationalists and the communists, which led to Japans defeat at the end of the Second World War. This book dates back to the past during the time of Tang Dynasty such as the binding of Nai Nais feet, which was a custom in China for many Centuries. Adeline Yen Mah life is a very excruciatingly deep story. It brings sadness, joy, love, and hope to the person who reads it and says that there is always hope for other children like her in the world. When Adeline was born her mother died. Her father turned against her when he marries Niang, a seventeen Eurasian woman, and her brothers and sisters do as well. Throughout out the book Adeline shows great courage to face all the neglect and nastiness shown to her by her family, especially her father and her stepmother. Eventually she escapes and her father realises that she is talented and allows her to go to university with her brothers.
Bonnie, girl, age 14, from Act, Australia, on 20th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
I think that writting a story like this would probably be quite difficult. Revisiting memories such as these ones wouldn't exaclty make you feel good. So i do respect Adeline Yen Mah for putting herself on the line and sharing with what could possibly be the whole world, the story of her childhood. It really makes me think how lucky i am to be an equal member of a family who loves me very much.
Megan, girl, age 14, from ACT, Australia, on 20th July 2004. Rating: 7/10
I found it rather interesting. At first I thought it was going to be just one of those boring history books, but it wasn't. The stiry was really sad and sometimes quite disturbing. It was a great read and i recomend it to other kids to read
Alexandra T, girl, age 13, from Cornwall, United Kingdom, on 16th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I thought the book Chinease cinderella was a brilliant book to read because it gave you a real feeling of what her childlife was like I felt that she was treated wrongly as a child and that I am very lucky to of read the book and to exsperience different ways of living
Jordie McGuir, boy, age 11, from Melboune, Australia, on 14th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
i am David is th best and most touching book I ave ever read. he story of Davd's quest for reedom and famiy is so good. Ihad to read thi for school, and by the end of he first chapter, I knew I woul like this bookn It is a sad bok, but also a hPPY BOOK. This ook rocks and everyone has to rad it, because ow would you lie it if you hadlost your son ad he walks across the continentin every conditon, facing deat to find you? Think about it an read the book ecause it is SO COOL!
Nadine, girl, age 13, from Cornwall, United Kingdom, on 13th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I thought this book was great you get to know how lucky you really are having a family but for Adeline yen mah she had to get through things slowly but she knew that however long it took she knew she always had people by her side helping her i really liked this book i would deffently read it again.
Gemma , girl, age 13, from st ives cornwall, United Kingdom, on 13th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I thought this book was great! because the girl got to tell her life story, and all the pain she went through, cos she had no attention by her family, and no one really wanted her, ecsept her Aunt Baba. It was even harder for her because he stepmother got everyone against her. It makes you feel really lucky because you know that you have a family and friends who are always there for you , and who cares about you.
nicole, girl, age 13, from cornwall, United Kingdom, on 12th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
i thought it was great it makes you feel so lucky to be in a welcomed home with a family who loves you. i thought this book was the best one i have ever read because it has so much thought into how un welcomed and unwanted a family can make you feel.even thow the girl was unwanted by her family the best bit was she held herself together knowing one day she'll have a family of her own and she'll make them the happiest family in the world. As soon as i read the book with my friends at school it makes you feel so sad but on the other hand you have to see the next book to see how her life carry's on even if she is alone as a little girl she'll always have her Aunt Ba Ba looking out for her. I thought it was great how Adeline yen mah could have the courage to tell the story of her unwanted and sad childhood......
jesy, girl, age 13, from cornwall, United Kingdom, on 12th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
it a sad book considering that kids of the older generation can read. Aleline Yen Mah is a little girl just wanting to be loved trying to prove to her father that she is as good as her brothers and wants to go to england university to become what ever her father wants her to do, in her case to become a doctor. but after some time and consideration he lets her go after seeing her picture in the newspaper for winning an international play-writing compition which she had done in her boarding school alone in the holiday wating for somethingto happen or for someone to come along pick up her hopes and cary her away to a land where she is aprechated being loved and cared for in a world of her own , dedocating her story to her grendfather who had died a few months before. her grandfather was the lonly on e who would beleve that she could do it make it to the big time just if she had some selfconvidance about doing what she had set her mind on and not letting enyone get in her way by telling her that she's no good at enything. It's a lovly book but very much in to anti-girls always wanting boys.
Cat, girl, age 13, from london, United Kingdom, on 9th July 2004. Rating: 9/10
I first read this book for school, at first i was a bit resiliant but once i got into the story i found it very hard to put down. This book has made me relise how lucky i am to have all the great things i have. I found this book upseting but at the same time interesting. I was disgusted with the way Adeline was treated so differently to her step-siblings, like she was just a peice of filth. I admire Adeline's courage,loyalty and determination not to let Naing (her stepmother) get to her and make her feel worthless.Although she had some help on the way Adeline never gave up and succeded to show to Naing and her father that she could do as much as her siblings(in some cases more.) I would certainly recommend this book to anyone 12 or over as I feel you might not get the full meaning of this paticular book. I hope you enjoy it as much as i have.
nichola, girl, age 15, from london, United Kingdom, on 7th July 2004. Rating: 10/10
I first read this book when I was 11yrs old, i did not understand many things in the book because i was too young, but the other day i picked up the book and read. i found it very hard too put down, the misery that this girl had too go through was appaling and disgusting. i did not want to belief that the book was true i did not want to know the misery that she had to go through and i did not want too put the book down. i also want to know why some children can be so cruel to each other espesialy your own brothers/sisters, that is what i felt when reading this autobiography.
Rachel, girl, age 14, from i dunno, United Kingdom, on 2nd July 2004. Rating: 9/10
i had to read a book in the holidays for english, my friend told me that ths book was very detalied and emotional so i took it home and had a wonderfull time reading it. I dont normally read but i spent the whole week reading it in the garden it was great. But i ended up crying a bit !!
Sophie, girl, age 14, from N,S,W , Australia, on 28th June 2004. Rating: 10/10
I love this book, i love reading and writing. I had to do it for an assignment in english at school after that i went out and bought the book, i fell in love with it. This is the best book ive ever read. Thank you Adeline for sharing your childhood with the world. im reading it at the moment, ive lost count how many times ive read it.
A.D., girl, age 13, from seattle, United States, on 23rd June 2004. Rating: 1/10
I loved this book. Since I first discovered it in 2002, I have read it three times. Even on my third time, I couldn't put it down. Every time that I read it, I cry. I think that the part when her friends have to leave because of Niang and Father is especially sad. It's hard to believe that it's all true!!!! Thank you Adeline Yen Mah for sharing your story with the world.
liv, girl, age 13, from QLD, Australia, on 23rd June 2004. Rating: 9/10
this book really inspired me to be grateful that I have a loving family and being treated equaly as my brothers. I'd like to say thank-you to Adeline, and I am still to read Falling laeves but i am going to buy the book tomorrow. I can't wait. liv xxx
Candy, girl, age 10, from sydney, Australia, on 1st June 2004. Rating: 10/10
chinese cinderell is the best book i have ever read in my life. Thank You Adeline for writing this book i really enjoyed it From Candy
Sinead, girl, age 13, from nsw, Australia, on 27th May 2004. Rating: 10/10
I loved the book and in some ways i felt i could relate a little bit I can see why she wanted to write the book so badly and I could see what she wanted to prove I wouldnt of even thought of reading the book if it wasnt for the fact that we were doing a topic on difference and diversity and we had to read a book that was an autobiography. I will now look at books through a new perspective. I very much enjoyed the book and I think highly of her.Three of my friends have already read it after I recommended it to them and they told me it was a very memoriable book too. I congradulate you on your triumphs and respect you very much so. I hope the rest of your life with your family is full of happiness and joy. Yours sincerely, Sinead P.S thankyou so much for opening my mind and clearing my thoughts I will never forget this much loved book and I will tell the story to my children sometime who will then tell it to theirs.