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Amy feels conflicted when her mother becomes an amah(a nanny) for the perfect Miss Stephanie. While her mother's at work, Amy has to watch her younger brothers and sisters, which means missing ballet practices. Amy wants to be a good daughter, but she also wants to keep her role in the upcoming dance production. Can she find a way to balance family obligations with her desire for independence?

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Overview

Amy feels conflicted when her mother becomes an amah(a nanny) for the perfect Miss Stephanie. While her mother's at work, Amy has to watch her younger brothers and sisters, which means missing ballet practices. Amy wants to be a good daughter, but she also wants to keep her role in the upcoming dance production. Can she find a way to balance family obligations with her desire for independence?

An enjoyable book about friendship, family, and traditions. (VOYA)

Twelve-year-old Amy finds her family responsibilities growing and interfering with her ballet practice when her mother takes a job outside the home.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Mary Sue Preissner
Amy Chin loves to dance, and ballet lessons have been her release to coping with the death of her father. Her family struggles to make ends meet until her mother lands a lucrative position as nanny, or amah, to Stephanie. However, mom's good job interferes with Amy's dancing when she must miss lessons to care for younger siblings. Amy grows jealous of the perfect Miss Stephanie, who does no wrong and brightens everyone's lives. Amy believes she is losing her mother to this young girl and her own existence is threatened when Stephanie moves in with the Chin family for a week. Luckily for her, not everything is as it seems.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-Life mirrors art when Amy Chin, 12, begins to feel like Cinderella's mean stepsister, the part she is rehearsing in ballet class. Her mother has accepted a job as an Amah, or nanny, which results in increased responsibilities at home for the girl. Feeling resentful, Amy decides she won't like her mother's charge, 12-year-old Stephanie. However, her meeting with the girl and a family heirloom disaster help her realize that Cinderellas aren't always as perfect as they appear and that real magic is the ability to change yourself. A friend's grandmother provides a caring intergenerational relationship as well as information about Chinese culture. Readers will enjoy the ballet references as they explore the universal feelings of jealousy and relationships. A realistic story of a contemporary Chinese-American family with flaws and strengths.-Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Revisiting characters from The Cook's Family (1998), Yep again explores personal and cultural conflicts arising between the generations in a Chinese-American family. Suddenly saddled with caring for four younger siblings after a wealthy businessman hires her widowed mother as a governess—or amah—for his daughter, Stephanie, Amy Chin is forced to miss several ballet rehearsals for Cinderella, to listen to glowing accounts of Stephanie's sophistication, and to accept expensive clothing and other gifts from her. While gaining new insight into how Cinderella's stepsisters must have felt, Amy's understandable resentment is compounded by the news that Stephanie will be moving in while her father is away on a trip. Yep builds that feeling to fever pitch, then dispels it by casting Stephanie as a lonely child hurt by one parent's death and the other's neglect; becoming friends, Stephanie and Amy clear the air and mend some fences with their well-meaning parents in a climactic face-off. The characters, most of them familiar from previous appearances, are distinct if not particularly complex, the San Francisco setting is vividly drawn, and the issues are laid out in plain terms and tidily resolved. It's formulaic, but not entirely superficial. (Fiction. 10-13)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698118782
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 192
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.04 (w) x 7.72 (h) x 0.56 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2004

    Real American-Chines family Situations

    The Amah behold captiavting moments between 12 year old Amy Chin and Miss Stephanie. Amy feels jealous when her mother becomes a Amah(nanny) for the perfect Miss Stephanie.

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