The Great Call of China (S.A.S.S. Series) [NOOK Book]

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Chinese-born Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion - anthropology - and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Enter ...
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Overview

Chinese-born Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion - anthropology - and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arrives, she receives quite a culture shock. And the closer she comes to finding out about her birth parents, the more apprehensive she gets. Enter Will, the cute guy she first meets on the plane. He and Cece really connect during the program. But can he help her get accustomed to a culture she should already know about, or will she leave China without the answers she's been looking for?
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Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
This book is one of a series of travel and adventure books for girls called "Students Across the Seven Seas (S.A.S.S.)." This series' mission seems to be to introduce young girls to different cultures in an "If this is Tuesday, it must be Belgium" kind of way. Sixteen-year-old Cece was born in China and lived in an orphanage until she was adopted by her American parents at the age of two. Now, against her mother's wishes, she wonders about her roots and birthparents. So, she signs up for a summer study-abroad program in Xian, China, several hours from Beijing. Leaving family and best friends behind, she hoists her backpack and laptop computer and sets off on her great adventure, determined to visit the orphanage where her American parents found her. Once there, she encounters troubles with roommates, makes new friends, finds romance, and sees lots of sights, including the terra cotta warriors and the Great Wall of China. She also studies hard because she is, after all, an honors student who plans to go to a good college. Cece is also focused on a social issue in her anthropology class: Does the one-child policy in China lead to the abandonment of millions of unwanted Chinese daughters? Cece secretly fears that this was why she was left at an orphanage. When her Chinese professor tells her to stop ranting and look for the truth, Cece finds she must dig further into the facts and into herself to face her inner fears and find out her identity. While this book is mostly to provide entertaining armchair travel for girls, it also carries somewhat deeper themes of developing courage and knowing yourself. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101019894
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 2/19/2009
  • Series: S.A.S.S. Series
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,250,028
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 755 KB

Meet the Author

Cynthea Liu lives in Chicago, Illinois.
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  • Posted April 27, 2009

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    Cece's spending the summer in China - the nation of her birth. She was adopted when she was 2 years old. For her, it's more than just coming home; she's out to find her beginnings. While there, she's enrolled in the S.A.S.S. summer program. She's really looking forward to digging up the history of China and learning all that she can. Plus it doesn't hurt that she's caught the eye of the cutest boy in the program. Her roommate is a bit of a flake. Her expectations of China didn't prepare her for reality, but she's still having the time of her life. She's just not sure if she's brave enough to tackle finding out about her past. Will she miss her one chance?

    I LOVE the S.A.S.S. series, each is written in a different place with a different author. I confess, I look for each new one. This one was awesome - heart wrenching (I did shed some tears). I love the culture shock and the friendships formed. Plus the Wall scene REALLY made me want to do the same thing - great writing!

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    The good and the not so good: <BR/><BR/>The main story of Cece finding her birth parents was excellent. Cece had to face her fears and by the end of the story she not only appreciated her adopted parents but also she knew the story behind her birth. She was a very believable character and I really enjoyed her search for friends and her family in China. <BR/><BR/>What I didn't find believable was that she didn't have any jet lag after flying for about 20+ hours from Texas to China. I have hosted many foreign exchange students and my own two girls went to Germany and Ghana and they all needed to sleep for about two days from the jet lag. Cece barely slept and went to class the next morning. <BR/><BR/>She also didn't have much culture shock. Yes, she described some of the differences in the culture, but she really wasn't shocked about it. I know that when our students go to China they have to be briefed, and many don't make it because of differences between the cultures. <BR/><BR/>The rest of the story in THE GREAT CALL OF CHINA is great. Cece is a very likable character and the rest of her friends are, too. There are problems that are solved but very realistically. <BR/><BR/>I would love to read more about Cece and how she adjusts to life in the states after being away. I find that re-entry into our own culture is the more difficult of the experience. My own two had a harder time coming home than going, especially my daughter who went to Ghana. She has been back for over a year and the lessons she learned there are still causing havoc in her life today. <BR/><BR/>I liked this story a lot, had some problems with it, but still would rate it 4 Stars.

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