Chinese Cinerella

by: Adeline Yen Mah
presented by Gia Santini

Adeline was a very shy and mysterious girl at home. At school, she is very bright and stands out and very put going. She wasn't very good at blending in with her family because most of them forgot about her. In this book she was the main character and narrator. She played a big role in this book considering it's about HER life. During the story, she changed quite a bit. She was four years old in the start and ended up as a adult. Adeline became a lot stronger in the middle, and towards the end of the book.

plot line!

In the beginning, We meet Adeline and she tells us more about her and her family. Rising action: What starts is that Adeline's stepmother Niang is taking charge and half her family leaves away and they find them a couple years  later. Climax: Adeline's whole family moves and Adeline starts at a new school, finds new friends and is liking everything except home. Falling action: Her family is changing but Adeline is still the odd one left out. Her family is abusing her and she finds her family is a disaster and everything is going wrong. Resolution: While Adeline grows up, a bright future is ahead. Now that she is all grown up, she is very smart and goes off to collage, with her family behind. She is now in a job and that is when he aunt says her life is a Chinese Cinderella.  


The setting here is in many places. This story, Chinese Cinderella starts at Tianjin. Then, their family moves to Shanghai. After an ordinary life at Shanghai, their parents decided to return Jun-ling to Tianjin and left her there in a boarding house. Aunt Jeane decides to take Jun-ling to Hong Kong because her family, except Aunt Baba, Big Brother, Second Brother and Third Brother, had already moved there. She studies secondary school at Shanghai, and later on is given privilege, by her father, to study college at England.

Author: Adeline Yen Mah.


Chinese Cinderella, from the moment she was born, she was hated because her mum died giving birth to her. Her dad didnt know

her Chinese name, her sibling called her a murder and said she had bad luck. But she loved her school, because no matter how much pain her home caused her, the kids at school treated her equally. When she came home with a badge of good school work, her dad praised her, for the first time since she was born. This caused her to try harder because she longed for her dads love, her siblings hated her though because she took away their shine. Big Sister, had her left arm paralyzed during birth and so Adeline was like her slave. She was forced to call her step mother Niang which meant mother in Chinese. Her Nai Nai( Grandma) told her too. Niang was like the leader in the house when Adeline's grandma died and her Nian hated her for going against her when Niang kept beating her little daughter. When her siblings got a tram fare, Adelin was left behind. Aunt Baba was one of Adeline's closest friends. Aunt Baba was her Dia Dia(dad) older sister. She had no money and kids of her own so Adeline was put in her room and together, almost inevitably, they became close friends. But Adelines closest friend was her grandpa. Her grandpa was kind and gentle but her Niang hated him, and when he died no one cried but Adeline and Aunt Baba. Second Brother once put alot of heavy encyclopedias of the top of the roof and waited for her grandpa to open the door so the heavy books would clash on his head. Luckily Adeline ran and opened the door first and ran, the book crashed without causing ingury. Adelines life evolved around pain until the time she was old enough to go to Uni. Even before that, Every letter that she wrote to Aunt Baba and vice versa wouldnt go to them but would go directly to her Niang and she would read them. Adeline won a writing competitio that no Shanghui student had won before and her dad was proud, Adeline took the chance and asked if she could go to University and England. Her dad said yes if only she studied Medicine. She did not dare contradict and went. She had a wonderful time, with science as the oponent. She later changed her study to Writing and is married happily with two kids. Chinese Cinderella was the story her Aunt Baba sent her during Uni, so to give her hope.

made by: Gia Santini, 1st block.

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