Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society

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The future belongs to you. Should anyone insult you, tell yourself this: I am a child of destiny who will unite East and West and change the world.

After enduring abuse at the hands of her cruel stepmother, Chinese Cinderella (CC) seeks refuge at a martial-arts school and joins a secret dragon society.

Under the guidance of Grandma Wu, CC is introduced to the exciting world of espionage as a part of the Chinese Resistance movement. And when ...

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Overview

The future belongs to you. Should anyone insult you, tell yourself this: I am a child of destiny who will unite East and West and change the world.

After enduring abuse at the hands of her cruel stepmother, Chinese Cinderella (CC) seeks refuge at a martial-arts school and joins a secret dragon society.

Under the guidance of Grandma Wu, CC is introduced to the exciting world of espionage as a part of the Chinese Resistance movement. And when CC and her new comrades take on a daring mission to rescue a crew of WWII American airmen, they prove that true bravery knows no age barrier.

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After writing two memoirs about her childhood in China, suffering abuse from a cruel stepmother, Mah (Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter) writes an equally riveting novel set in 1942, featuring a young heroine from Shanghai with a background similar to her own. Unlike the author, however, 12-year-old narrator CC manages to escape her painful home life with a neglectful father and his tyrannical girlfriend by running away. She joins the secret Dragon Society, an academy devoted to "helping those who have suffered unjustly and have nobody to turn to." Under the guidance of kind "Grandma" Wu, a woman filled with pearls of wisdom, CC learns martial arts as well as the philosophy of kung fu. She also develops a strong camaraderie with three boys-also unwanted or orphaned children-who live at the academy. As Japan's occupation of China becomes increasingly treacherous, the Dragon Society prepares for a dangerous mission to save a group of American pilots from being captured by Japanese soldiers. For the first time since joining the academy, CC's courage and quick-wittedness are tested. This gripping tale based on a true event meshes action and suspense with Eastern philosophy to create a provocative and educational read. CC emerges as a noble, compassionate heroine who finds a path to happiness by helping others. Ages 10-up. (Jan.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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When Ye Xian—known as CC for Chinese Cinderella to her friends—is thrown out of her house after a battle with her stepmother, her world completely changes. Normally, CC would go to Big Aunt, but fears her parents will seek retribution if she does so. Instead, CC seeks shelter with Grandma Wu, who heads the Secret Dragon Society. Under Grandma Wu's tutelage, CC and other outcast children learn skills that will help them undermine the Japanese invading their country. CC and her friends eventually land in a position to aid American soldiers, but more importantly, learn a lot about themselves. CC is a very courageous character, perhaps a little too courageous for a teenager thrown out on the street. Once she begins her training, it seems as though too much time is spent describing various principles of Chinese culture for the reader's, not CC's, benefit. Still, CC's realistic problems (severe problems with parents) are balanced well against the engaging adventure story. The setting is particularly well-written; one truly feels as though they are in 1942-era China. Maps of China, a glossary of Chinese words and common phrases, and an explanation of the Chinese Zodiac help a reader unfamiliar with Chinese culture navigate their way through this book. 2005, HarperCollins, Ages 10 up.
—Amie Rose Rotruck
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141314969
  • Publisher: Puffin Bks
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004

Meet the Author

Adeline Yen Mah is the author of Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter, an ALA Best Book for Young Readers and a Publishers Weekly Best Book. Her other books include the New York Times best-seller Falling Leaves: The Memoir of an Unwanted Chinese Daughter; A Thousand Pieces of Gold: A Memoir of China’s Past Through Its Proverbs; and Watching the Tree: A Chinese Daughter Reflects on Happiness, Traditions, and Spiritual Wisdom. Millions of readers worldwide celebrate the way Ms. Mah conveys the power of the human spirit in her writings.

Ms. Yen Mah was born in Tianjin, China. When she won a writing competition at the age of fourteen, she convinced her father to send her to school in England, where she later received a medical degree. Following the success of falling leaves, she has pursued her lifelong dream of being a fulltime writer.

Adeline Yen Mah lives in California and England with her husband. If you wish to review this book or contact the author, visit her online at

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Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society




By Adeline Mah


HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.



Copyright © 2006

Adeline Mah

All right reserved.


ISBN: 0060567341



Chapter One

The Boy Acrobats

It was a sunny afternoon in early spring when I set off after school to Big Aunt's place for my daily English lesson. I was thinking of a kung fu novel I was reading about a warrior monk with an iron hand as I hopped off the tram near the Du Mei Gardens, opposite my aunt's apartment.

The sounds of a bamboo flute drifted on the air with the heady fragrance of lilac blossoms, and suddenly I saw three boys, wearing colorful satin costumes with matching caps of red, blue and green, rounding a rhododendron bush into the park. I knew Big Aunt would worry if I was late, but I couldn't resist following them.

A large crowd was milling around the music pavilion, and an elderly woman signaled to the boys to hurry. Soon they were twisting, jumping and performing somersaults, all under the direction of the woman. The crowd gasped as one of the boys . . .


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2006

    Hero's come in all ages

    The main story of the novel in the Secret Dragon Society is about a girl who lived in fear and was abused by her evil stepmother, but finally found the courage she needed in the Secret Dragon Society. The Secret Dragon Society was a Kung Fu school that secretly helped US soldiers escape from the Japanese. The book was enjoyable, but confusing at times. I found the book confusing because they moved from scene to scene so quickly.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2006

    Chinese Cinderella is a Great Historical Fiction!

    This book is an interesting read about a girl in China who has been thrown out of her home by her cruel stepmother and goes to live with some acrobats she saw in the park. Eventually the acrobats take her in. It turns out that they are not just acrobats but members of the Secret Dragon Society, who are Chinese people who have devoted their lives to kung fu. These secret warriors are part of the resistance against the Japanese who are occupying China. The girl, who calls herself Chinese Cinderella, must prove herself worthy of being a member of the Secret Dragon Society. If she can do this, she will have to join her warrior friends to rescue American bombers. All the while, her stepmother is looking for Chinese Cinderella and who knows what she will do if she finds her... This book is set in China during World War Two, and the author does a good job of portraying the setting. The book even gives a map at the beginning and describes different areas of the city such as the market where Chinese Cinderella first met the Secret Dragon Society. The characters are very real-seeming and you can really relate to them as you follow them on their adventures. Overall, I liked this book but it isn't the best I've ever read because the beginning isn't very exciting and the theme is fairly unclear. But I would reccomend it to anyone who likes historical fiction.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2006

    A Chinese insparation!

    Chinese Cinderella and The Secret Dragon Society was a sad but terribly compelling book. The main characters name was Ye Xian, the chinese equivelent of Cinderella, But this book is no Cinderella story.It is the historicl fiction account of Adeline Yen Mah's childhood growing up in the midst of World War Two. The Characters and plot were so believeable that I felt like I was watching everything happen in the story as I read it. I was amazed. CC, (Chinese Cinderella) was an English nickname given to Ye Xian at the beggining of the book, when she learns that her aunt is going away. When her stepmom kicks her out of her dads house, she finds she has no where to go but The Secret Drogon Society. There she is welcomed as a member to learn to cook, learn Kung Fu, but also to embark on a dangerous journey to help ingured American allies. The only problem is that helping Americans is againt the Japanesse rulers law. CC is risking her life for the American people. Every part and aspect of this book is clear, well written, and interesting. There are simple themes woven into this story but also more complicated and deeper meanings as well. I would reccomend this book to anyone, no matter there taste. No matter where you come from or what you like, this book truly is a Chinese insparation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2006

    Excellent Story, But the writing could have been better

    The storyline is great, one of the best I've seen. It's about a girl who is neglected by her father, and eventually gets turned out onto the streets. She then joins a club called the 'Secret Dragon Society'. The writing could have been better, though. Some parts of the story, especially the middle and end of the book were hard to understand. I would not recommend this to anyone under 10 years old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2006

    Love this book!

    it was exciting, but at the same time it was sad. I couldn't put the book down. I didn't give it 5 stars because when I got to the end of the book, I thought it wasn't finished.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    Chinese Cinderella was a great story!

    Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society by Adeline Yen Mah was a fun and interesting book to read. The story took place in China in the 40's and during the Japanese invasion. It was about a girl named CC who got kicked out of the house because of a fight with her stepmother. She met a woman named Grandma Wu and joined a kung fu class. She met three older boys named Sam, Marat, and David. Together, they trained until they were experienced fighters to rescue American airmen from Nan Tian island, which was surrounded by Japanese gunboats. They managed to find them, but later on, when a visitor from home asks for CC's return, she does not know where to stay. The Dragon Society, or home.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2006

    A pretty good story but the writing could have been clearer

    This was a book which you can't put down. It is a tragic story of a little girl named CC. When her evil stepmother threw CC out of the house that's when the secret dragon society comes in. Will CC be able to learn how to be a good martial artist and in time? Or will all that training hav e gone to waste? Read it to find out

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2006

    A facsinating Chinese story

    The book Cinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society is about a brave Chinese girl who sacrifices alot for her country. In the year of 1942 Japan and Germany started a hostile takeover against China. Ye Xian and her family and friends lived in China at the time.They embarked on a dangerous journey to Nan Tian island to rescuse American pilots. I think this was a touching and meaningfull story, that was well written and interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    A pretty good story, but the writing could have been better

    This was about a girl who lived in fear and suffered frome abuse from her evil stepmother, but she was able to find courage in herself at the secret dragon society. The sectet dragon society was a place to learn kung fu that helped u.s. soldiers very secretly escape from the japanese. I thought this was a good but bad book, it was kind of confusing at some parts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2006

    A very exciting story.

    This book is about a chinese girl named Ye Xian, or CC, who lived with her mean stepmother and loving father. When her father threw her out of the house for being rude to him and her stepmother, CC joined the Secret Dragon Society where she learned kung fu and tried to help China gain independence from Japan. This book was very enjoyable, and good for people age 10 and up.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2006

    Adeline Yen Mah definately captures the way it was in China in the early 1940's.

    Adeline Yen Mah's historical fiction book, A Chineese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society tells a capturing tale about one litte girl who is unwanted by her family who joins a secret society to help in world war 2. The book is excellent, but takes some concentration reading because there are many of facts that you need to concerntrate on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2006

    A Great Historical Fiction Book!

    Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society is a great book if you want to learn about chinese history. This book is about a girl who gets kicked out of her home by her father and her stepmother. She finds a secret club and learns many things with her friends in the secret dragon society. She doesn't think she will need to use what she learns in the society, but in the end, she doen't realize she will have to use one of her new skills.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 27, 2006

    A great story with powerful meaning!

    The Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society is a great book for people who enjoy learning about history! It starts off with a girl who gets kicked out of her house by her loving father and not so loving stepmother. She remembers the card she was given by a member of the Secret Dragon Society! She goes to live with the Secret Dragon Society and ends up becoming a member! While living there she learns many important skills that she uses to help defeat the enemy! Along the way she discovers many friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2006

    Sad, but keeps yor eyes glued

    A fascinating plot forms around Chinese Cinderella as she is abandoned by her parents as she finds that she is not alone there are nother kids like her without parents as well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2005

    An Emotional Book

    This book was telling sad things, but I also know it is a good book because it made me sad. It was also adventurous. One of the best books I have ever read.

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