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A Girl Named Faithful Plum: The True Story of a Dancer from China and How She Achieved Her Dream

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  • Posted December 2, 2012

    A girl named Faithful Plum Richard Bernstein was able to tell me

    A girl named Faithful Plum
    Richard Bernstein was able to tell me story of Zhongmei in a way that I really enjoyed what I was reading. It was interesting to get a look into a lifestyle completely different than my own. It was hard to believe that a girl who was just a couple years younger than me, was able to make a life-changing decision to pursue her dream of becoming an elite dancer in a country where opportunities are rare.
    It’s hard to comprehend that when a family like the Li family is so poor they can actually give away their child to a couple or family, like the Wong family, who could provide for them in a better way. Zhongmei’s struggle with eating was another interesting point that can be impossible for many young girls to overcome.
    I believe that her travels from the poor farm lifestyle to an overcrowded city like Beijing was very similar to her journey from an innocent young girl to a woman who is now the most famous dancer in Beijing. She had the raw talent necessary for the dance company director to help mold her into a world-class dancer through hard and even sometimes cruel methods.
    All in all it was one of the only books that I truly enjoyed. I would strongly encourage anybody, boy or girl, to give this book a chance.
    By: Madison

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Cosmo (Part 1.)

    Saturn woke up one moring aw usual and got dressed in her uniform...two yellow rings circled her body and two smaller ones on each wrist,floating.she ran down stairs and rocketed of to Tech Headquarters. She landed at the brass doors and took a deep vreath as they opened. "Here we go..." she murmured and opened the doors,the halls dilled with people in lab coats and robots hurrying by. She walked to a elevator with a robot inside. "Nineteeenth floor plz,Abercrombie." She said and a glowing blue board appeared in her hands as well as a pencil behind her ear...the elevator buzzed as they approached the top floor...she walked out of the elevater as it stopped,and walked forward to two brass doors with two silver handels,one for each door. She opened the door as well as knocking and the tall inny man in a lab was at a desk with a woman with short red hair with a mint green uniform. Her name tag read,Yoshi. The man's name tag read,Dr. Johnson,or as Saturn calls him,by his real name,Crimson,or just Doctor. "So,Crimson. What the hulubaloo about?" Said Saturn looking at the big screen in front of them with a picture of a fierce looking teen boy with black,metal,and messy hair. And a light mint green face and a red,metal shirt with black,metal pants. To Saturn,he looked heart-breakingly cute. "Whos he?" She said. "His name is Cosmo,built by an advanced robot scientist." Said Crimson. "He is built for speed,and the destruction of Electro City...no one knows why he is out to destroy Electro City,but he's strong..." said Yoshi. "And cute..." muttered Saturn. "We need u to stop him." Said crimson firmly. "The fate of a thousand lives rest on your shoulders,u think u can take 'em?" Said Crimson. "Totaly." Said Saturn. She turned her left arm into a atom cannon. "Were do i start?" She said to Crimson. (End of part one.)

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Great Read

    This was an amazing true story of one girls determination and struggles. An excellant book for all ages. I could not put this book down. I can not believe how many struggles she went through yet she still practiced and practiced. It is so mean they called her a "Country Bumpkin" but here she is now as one of the best dancers of China. I could not put this book down and I highly reccomend it for anybody.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2012

    Amazing story!

    This is truly an amazing story about an 11-year-old girl in China overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to become a famous dancer. I was not able to put it down till the end. Besides the riveting personal story, one also learns about life life in China and the stringent training methods used in this residential ballet school.
    A page turner for any age reader!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!

    This was a great book about a dancer who fought for what she wanted..........she believed she could do it and she did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2013

    Best bio ever

    This is the best bigraphy i have ever read!!!! Zhongmei is so interseting, and reading her storie shows kids how grateful the areto be able to go to not so strict school.... i share her passion for dancing ( and her birthday) and i really can relate to this story, d this girl. Thanks Robert Berstein for this wonderful book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2013

    OMG

    The first chapter was incredible! At first i thouht that the book would be all-in-all Chinese. But its awesome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Crystalfrost to auther

    Awesome!!!

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