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Laurence Yep

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ISBN 10: 060620542X / ISBN 13: 9780606205429
Published by Demco Media, 2002
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Title: Amah

Publisher: Demco Media

Publication Date: 2002

Book Condition: Good

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Amy feels conflicted when her mother becomes an amah (a nanny) for the perfect Miss Stephanie. While her mother's at work, Amy has to watch her younger brothers and sisters, which means missing ballet practices. Amy wants to be a good daughter, but she also wants to keep her role in the upcoming dance production. Can she find a way to balance family obligations with her desire for independence?

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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.

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