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Mao’s Last Dancer, reviewed by Ky Staal 6E
Nanjing Night Net

Mao’s Last Dancer is the gripping story of a young, poor boy named Li Cunxin who lives in a poverty-filled town in North East China. He gets the opportunity of a lifetime when some strange men come to his school. They were from Madame Mao’s Beijing dance academy and they were scouting for some suitable children to study the famous dance, ballet. While examining, they looked straight past Li taking absolutely no notice. As they were just about to leave, the teacher hesitated and tapped the last man on the shoulder and said “what about this child?” And that child was Li.

Mao’s Last Dancer is a brilliantly written book telling the true story of Li beating the odds and receiving the opportunity that changed his life dramatically. As the boy excels you feel attached to Li and feel sorry for what he’s been through, which I really enjoyed. This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.