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Mao's Last Dancer: Young Readers Edition

Mao's Last Dancer: Young Readers Edition
 

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 ed... read full description below.

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ISBN 9780143301646
Barcode 9780143301646
Published 2 May 2005 by Penguin
Format Paperback, Young readers' ed
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Author(s) By Cunxin, Li
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ISBN-13 9780143301646
ISBN-10 0143301640
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Penguin
Imprint Puffin
Publication Date 2 May 2005
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Paperback, Young readers' ed
Edition Young readers' ed
Author(s) By Cunxin, Li
Category Fiction (Child / Teen)
Award Winning
History
Dance
Ballet
NZ, Maori & Pasifika
Australian
Number of Pages 352
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 195mm
Spine: 26mm
Weight 343g
Interest Age Children
Reading Age Children
NBS Text Children's Fiction
ONIX Text Children/juvenile;Young adult
Dewey Code 792.8092
Catalogue Code 13288

Description of this Book

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 ...Visit the official Mao's Laster Dancer Movie website maoslastdancermovie.com

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

Awards Winner of YABBA: Fiction for Years 7-9 2008

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Author's Bio

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.

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