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A Girl Named Faithful Plum

By: Richard Bernstein

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A story about following your dreams and beating the odds, this fascinating account of one girl’s struggle to go from the remote farmlands of China to the world’s stages will captivate readers.  Set in 1977, eleven-year-old Zhongmei Lei catches wind that the prestigious Beijing Dance Academy is having an open audition.  But a poor country girl would never get into the academy, especially without any connections in the Communist Party of the 1970s.  Well, at least that’s what those around her say.  But Zhongmei, whose name means Faithful Plum, does not give up.  A hunger strike and countless pleas later, her parents finally agree to let her take the three day journey to Beijing where she eventually beats our 60,000 other girls for one of the 12 coveted spots.  But that was the easy part… This is a heart-filled story about determination, talent, and the sheer force of will that will have readers routing for this unlikely heroine.