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Mao's Last Dancer Young Readers Edition - Paul English

Mao's Last Dancer Young Readers Edition

Read by: Paul English
Author: Li Cunxin

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Published: 1st May 2008
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From unbelievable poverty to international stardom - the inspiring true story of one boy's dream come true.

Li Cunxin's bestselling biography in a young reader's edition, now available on MP3 CD.

One day, not so very many years ago, a small peasant boy was chosen to study ballet at the Beijing Dance Academy. His mother urged him to take this chance of a lifetime. But Li was only eleven years old and he was scared and lonely, pushed away from all that he had ever known and loved. He hated the strict training routines and the strange place he had been brought to. All he wanted to do was go home - to his mother, father and six brothers, to his own small village. But soon Li realised that his mother was right. He had the chance to do something special with his life - and he never turned back.

About the Author

Li Cunxin was born in 1961, in the New Village, Li Commune, near the city of Qingdao on the coast of north-east China. The sixth of seven sons in a poor rural family, Li's peasant life in Chairman Mao's communist China changed dramatically when, at the age of eleven, he was chosen by Madame Mao's cultural advisers to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. After a summer school in America, for which he was one of only two students chosen, he defected to the West and became a principal dancer for the Housten Ballet.

Li went on to become one of the best male dancers in the world. He is now a senior manager in a major stockbroking firm and lives in Melbourne, Australia, with his wife Mary and their three children, Sophie, Tom and Bridie. Li's autobiography, Mao's Last Dancer has sold over 400,000 copies and has been published in over 20 countries. A children's version of the book was released in 2005.


What a story!


Awesome book for teenagers and young adults. Some complex themes that lead to great discussion.

Sydney, AU


Mao's Last Dancer Young Readers Edition

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ISBN: 9781742015019
ISBN-10: 1742015018
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
Format: MP3 CD
Language: English
Published: 1st May 2008
Dimensions (cm): 13.4 x 14.6
Weight (kg): 0.09
Edition Type: Unabridged