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Bound

by Donna Jo Napoli
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.
Ages
11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
4.8
Lexile Measure
800L
DRA
60
Guided Reading
W
Publisher
Atheneum Books
Number of Pages
192
Genre
Fiction, Fables, Folk Tales and Myths, Historical Fiction

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli Donna Jo Napoli is the author of many books for young adults, including four ALA Best Books for Young Adults: The Magic Circle; Zel; Song of the Magdalene and, Stones in Water.

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