Mao's Last Dancer
Penguin Publishing Group
Chosen from millions of children to serve in Mao's cultural revolution by studying at the Beijing Dance Academy, Li knew ballet would be his family's best opportunity to escape the bitter poverty in his rural China home. From one hardship to another, Li persevered, never forgetting the family he left behind.
Family Relationships; Poverty; living in poverty; poor; impoverished family
mother and father
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2009
Canberra's Own Outstanding List (COOL) Award, 2008, Short List, Fiction for Years 7-9
Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA, 2008, Winner, Fiction for Years 7-9
Young Autralians' Best Book Award (YABBA, 2008, Winner, Fiction for Years 7-9
ballet dancers; China; United States; defectors; family life; hardships
Li, Cunxin, "Mao's Last Dancer" (2005). Diverse Families. 980.