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When Adeline Yen Mah's mother died giving birth to her, the family considered Adeline bad luck and she was made to feel unwanted all her life.

Jung-ling's family considers her bad luck because her mother died giving birth to her. They discriminate against her and make her feel unwanted yet she yearns and continuously strives for her parents' love. Her stepmother is vindictive and cruel andher father dismissive. Jung-ling grows up to be an academic child, with a natural ability for writing. Only her aunt and grandfather offer her any love and kindness. The story is of survival in the light of the mental and physical cruelty of her stepmother and the disloyalty of her siblings. Jung-ling blossoms in spite of everything and the story ends as her father agrees to let her study in England.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780141304878

    August 2, 1999

    Penguin

    256 pages

    RRP $26.00

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  • EBook

    9781742530086

    August 2, 1999

    Penguin eBooks

    252 pages

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Awards and Recognition

  • KANGA Children's Choice Awards
    2004
    Winner
    Prize for Writing for Young Adults