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Mao's Last Dancer :  Young Readers Edition - Li Cunxin

Mao's Last Dancer

Young Readers Edition

By: Li Cunxin


Published: 2nd May 2005
For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
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Published: 2nd May 2005
For Ages: 9 - 12 years old
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Winner of YABBA: Fiction for Years 7-9 2008

Product Description

The extraordinary biography of a young Chinese peasant boy who emerged from abject poverty, defected to the USA, and became principal dancer for the Houston ballet, a star in the US, friend to George and Barbara Bush, and a star of the Australian ballet as well. Is a condensed edition for children.

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 a village near the city of Qingdao, northern China, in 1961. At the age of eleven, he was chosen to become a student at the Beijing Dance Academy. After attending a summer school in America, he defected to the West and became a principal dancer for the Houston Ballet. Li now lives in Australia with his wife and their three children.



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What a story!


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    Comments about Mao's Last Dancer:

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

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    ISBN: 9780143301646
    ISBN-10: 0143301640
    Audience: Children
    For Ages: 14 - 15 years old
    For Grades: 10
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 352
    Published: 2nd May 2005
    Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
    Country of Publication: AU
    Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 13.5  x 2.6
    Weight (kg): 0.33
    Edition Number: 1