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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Amy Chin, practicing to perform in her ballet school's recital, finds her plans sidetracked when her mother takes a job as a nanny for Stephanie, a wealthy girl Amy's own age.
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Revisiting characters from The Cook's Family (1998), Yep again explores personal and cultural conflicts arising between the generations in a Chinese-American family. Suddenly saddled with caring for four younger siblings after a wealthy businessman hires her widowed mother as a governessor amahfor his daughter, Stephanie, Amy Chin is forced to miss several ballet rehearsals for Cinderella, to listen to glowing accounts of Stephanie's sophistication, and to accept expensive clothing and other gifts from her. While gaining new insight into how Cinderella's stepsisters must have felt, Amy's understandable resentment is compounded by the news that Stephanie will be moving in while her father is away on a trip. Yep builds that feeling to fever pitch, then dispels it by casting Stephanie as a lonely child hurt by one parent's death and the other's neglect; becoming friends, Stephanie and Amy clear the air and mend some fences with their well-meaning parents in a climactic face-off. The characters, most of them familiar from previous appearances, are distinct if not particularly complex, the San Francisco setting is vividly drawn, and the issues are laid out in plain terms and tidily resolved. It's formulaic, but not entirely superficial. (Fiction. 10-13) -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.From School Library Journal:
Grade 4-7-Life mirrors art when Amy Chin, 12, begins to feel like Cinderella's mean stepsister, the part she is rehearsing in ballet class. Her mother has accepted a job as an Amah, or nanny, which results in increased responsibilities at home for the girl. Feeling resentful, Amy decides she won't like her mother's charge, 12-year-old Stephanie. However, her meeting with the girl and a family heirloom disaster help her realize that Cinderellas aren't always as perfect as they appear and that real magic is the ability to change yourself. A friend's grandmother provides a caring intergenerational relationship as well as information about Chinese culture. Readers will enjoy the ballet references as they explore the universal feelings of jealousy and relationships. A realistic story of a contemporary Chinese-American family with flaws and strengths.
Helen Foster James, University of California at San Diego
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Book Description Turtleback, 2001. Condition: Good. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Seller Inventory # GRP81772703
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Book Description Turtleback Books. School & Library Binding. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2829356167