The 24th Annual Book Report Competition for secondary school students



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The 24th Annual Book Report Competition for secondary school students

Class: 2B

Name: To Kai Ki

Title of the book: Chinese Cinderella

Author: Adeline Yen Mah

Publisher: Puffin Books


It is a non-fiction, a true story of Adeline Yen Mah. This book is about the writer, Adeline Yen Mah’s childhood up to fourteen years old. Adeline Yen Mah’s mother died when she had given birth to Adeline. Therefore, Adeline Yen Mah’s family thought she brought the family bad luck. I think the life was very miserable to Adeline Yen Mah. If I were she, I would be so sorrowful and painful because almost all my family did not like me and made me feel unwanted.
I think she was extremely independent. She could rely on herself when she met up problems. Although her family always did wicked things to her, she was still strong. Actually, she did not give up her own life. She was very hard working so her achievement in exam was very good. I think she was a ‘superwoman’ since she confronted her life bravely. I admire her for her notions.
Moreover, I do not like the tradition of China described in this book. In the past, rich or noble girls had to bind their feet otherwise they would be considered cheap and probably no man would marry them. Adeline’s grandmother’s feet were also bound. In China, females’ status used to be low. I have pity on those girls. I think this custom was too awful and horrible. Foot binding destroyed their feet.
I think I am lucky because I was not born at that time. Nowadays, we girls do not have to bind our feet and suffer. I have learnt to be optimistic from this story as well. I will try harder and never give up when I have problems. So, we must live more cheerfully. I will recommend this book to my friends. I am sure they can learn a lot from this book.
Total no. of words: 300


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