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Title: Ties That Bind, Ties That Break
Author: Lensey Namioka
Number of Pages: 154 pages
Book Number/Goal: 45/40 for 2010
My Rating: 4/5

Jacket Summary: Third Sister in the Tao family, Ailin has watched her two older sisters having their feet bound. In China in 1911, all girls of good families follow this ancient practice, which is also an extremely painful one. Ailin loves to run away from her governess and play games with her male cousins. Knowing she will never run again once her feet are bound, she refuses to follow this torturous tradition. As a result, the family of her intended husband breaks their marriage agreement. As she enters adolescence, Ailin finds that her family, shamed by her decision, will no longer support her. Chinese society leaves few options for a single woman of good family, but with bold conviction and an indomitable spirit, Ailin is determined to forge her own destiny.

Review: I enjoyed this. It reminded me a lot of many turn-of-the-century girls' stories I read as a kid, like Anne of Green Gables and stuff.
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Title: Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear
Author: Lensey Namioka
Number of Pages: 134 pages
Book Number/Goal: 47/75 for 2009
My Rating: 3.5/5

Yingtao and his family have just moved to the US from China. It's hard to adjust to a new culture and language, but Yingtao's biggest problem is one he's had all his life: his family is very musical and he's tone-deaf. No matter how much he practices the violin, he never gets any better.

This is aimed at a pretty young audience (Yingtao is 9/10, so I'd guess it's aimed at kids a bit younger than that), so the language is really simple, but the story is cute. This is the first in a series about the Yang family and I'll definitely be checking the rest out.


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