Bound

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 20, 2008 - Juvenile Fiction - 192 pages
22 Reviews
YOUNG XING XING IS BOUND.
Bound to her father's second wife and daughter after Xing Xing's father has passed away. Bound to a life of servitude as a young girl in ancient China, where the life of a woman is valued less than that of livestock. Bound to be alone and unmarried, with no parents to arrange for a suitable husband. Dubbed "Lazy One" by her stepmother, Xing Xing spends her days taking care of her half sister, Wei Ping, who cannot walk because of her foot bindings, the painful but compulsory tradition for girls who are fit to be married. Even so, Xing Xing is content, for now, to practice her gift for poetry and calligraphy, to tend to the mysterious but beautiful carp in her garden, and to dream of a life unbound by the laws of family and society.
But all of this is about to change as the time for the village's annual festival draws near, and Stepmother, who has spent nearly all of the family's money, grows desperate to find a husband for Wei Ping. Xing Xing soon realizes that this greed and desperation may threaten not only her memories of the past, but also her dreams for the future.
In this searing story, Donna Jo Napoli, acclaimed author of Beast and Breath, delves into the roots of the Cinderella myth and unearths a tale as powerful as it is familiar.
 

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User Review  - csweder - LibraryThing

I was intrigued by this book, as I haven't read much about Chinese culture. I liked it, was engaged with the character, and wanted to see things work out for her. I lost interest a bit when it turned into just another Cinderella story... Read full review

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User Review  - DeweyEver - LibraryThing

Bound is a retelling of the famous Cinderella story, taking place in China. There are a lot of elements based upon both the German Grimm story and some of the various Chinese Cinderella tales. I liked ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
5
Section 2
10
Section 3
16
Section 4
25
Section 5
39
Section 6
49
Section 7
62
Section 8
68
Section 14
118
Section 15
124
Section 16
136
Section 17
141
Section 18
145
Section 19
150
Section 20
155
Section 21
165

Section 9
78
Section 10
88
Section 11
97
Section 12
105
Section 13
111
Section 22
170
Section 23
174
Section 24
185
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Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at DonnaJoNapoli.com.

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