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Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society
by Mah, Adeline Yen
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1. What animal in the Chinese zodiac are you? Do you think the traits of this animal fit your personality?

2. When CC, Sam, David, and Marat are discovered by the Japanese soldier in the forest, CC notes just how young he looks. However, all four of them are even younger than he is and are putting themselves in dangerous situations during this war. Do you think it was right for the Dragon Society of Wandering Knights to use young adults in such dangerous missions?

3. How is CC's story similar to the tale of Cinderella? How does the setting influence this telling of this classic tale?

4. Why do you think Niang treated CC the way she did? Do you think CC's father responded in the right way?

5. CC, David, Marat, and Sam all come from different ethnic and religious backgrounds. What did it mean to be of mixed race in China at this time? What does their friendship and teamwork mean during this war?

6. What is Qi? What do you have to do to get Qi? Does CC ever achieve Qi?

7. CC thinks that Niang betrayed Big Aunt and turned her in to the Japanese. Do you think this is true? Why would she do that if the Japanese were the enemy during the war?

8. Who is Jake DeShazer? What does he want to do after the war?

Additional discussion questions from: Adeline Yen Mah's Website
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