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Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Red Bird of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 (The Royal Diaries)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,161 Ratings  ·  101 Reviews
The Royal Diaries proudly presents two-time Newbery Honor author Laurence Yep, whose stunning diary of sixteen-year-old Lady of Ch'iao Kuo takes readers on a remarkable adventure to Southern China in the sixth century A.D. A born leader, Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, also known as Princess Redbird, is both courageous and keenly intelligent.
Hardcover, 300 pages
Published September 1st 2001 by Scholastic
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This is one of the most boring installments of The Royal Diaries. Add to that the countless grammatical errors and you have my excuse for DNF it at 20%.
fascinating and thought-provoking! might write more later

EDIT: Figured I should write more before I totally forget everything, haha.

I liked Princess Red Bird quite a lot. She's thoughtful and brave and clever and resourceful. Not only is she a scholar who enjoys reading fantastical stories, but she's also a great strategist in both war and diplomacy. On top of that, she appreciates beautiful clothes and hairstyles and accessories. Definitely my kind of girl.

The other character who made an impres
Jan 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: historical, juvenile
Ficionalized autobiography of a really interesting, often overlooked Hsien leader. I knew nothing about this time period or these people, so it was great to learn more about them; however, I felt like the book ended right when things started to get interesting. I'd love to read a more in-dept book about the Lady's life and her achievements.

As a book for younger kids, the story does its job of making the reader interested in the period and the people, but the diary format doesn't work as well for
Carrie Slager
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-borrowed
Depending on which edition you have, this book is either subtitled Red Bird of the South or Warrior of the South. I have the special edition, so the title on my book is the latter, but the book was published under both names, in case you’re confused. I’m just using the apparently more popular title for my post.

Princess Redbird is a truly amazing woman. She’s a leader among her own people and strives to represent her people well while she’s in Chinese territory going to school. There are times sh
Kelsey Hanson
This book covers a very interesting period of history which I knew nothing about before reading the story. This book's main character is a fictionalized version of a historical figure, the Lady of Ch'iao Kao. Princes Redbird is a very intelligent, strategic young lady who is able to use her courage AND ideas to help her people. Naturally, I loved her. I will say that this book provides a rich look at the ancient Chinese culture, but isn't especially detailed when it comes to the different factio ...more
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was really please and surprised with this book. Having read it before and only having memories of how long all the sections felt I was expecting to be bored this time around. But it was completely opposite of this expectation and I’m glad I still went into it with an open mind. I wanted to judge it and learn what I could from it as an adult. From what I get from reading the historical section and the about me section there isn’t really anything written about the lady. And especially not in Eng ...more
Ana Mardoll
Dec 27, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ana-reviewed
Lady of Ch'iao Kuo, Warrior of the South / 0-439-16483-4

This Special Edition of the Princess Diaries series lives up to its name; it is easily the best of the fascinating series, and also the longest - topping 275 gripping pages. Set in sixth century China, this book is everything you don't expect it to be.

Princess Redbird is the oldest daughter of the ruler of one of the many tribes in the Great Forest, on the boundaries of the Chinese empire. Though she is Hsien, and therefore considered barba
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This diary is about a young Princess in Southern China. It's a China different than today's, though, as it's not a unified country at all. There is Northern China, which had been unified but sort of fell apart, and then there's Southern China which consists basically of groups of various feuding clans.

The girl's Chinese name is Princess Redbird. She has some education under a Chinese master, Master Chen, who is a scholar and who takes a liking to her. She is able to speak some Chinese plus her
May 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When I pick up this book, I have never heard of the Lady of Ch'iao Kuo. Never heard of her, though I picked it up because I'm a huge history lover/nerd and I wanted to learn about this time in A.D. 531, a time where Confucius and wars and everything else that happened during this period. But I've never heard of Lady of Ch'iao Kuo until now.

So this book is her diary and the first part talks about her short time living at her school in China with Master Chen and his family, and how she's learning
Emma Kirton
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in this series.
Jennifer Smith
Mar 16, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a great book for a fifth grader or so. It's historical fiction, my favorite! This is a part of The Royal Diaries series. It is a series about famous women in history - princesses in particular. These are not Disney dress in pink princesses, these are strong women who were apart of great things. In this story we learn about Lady Ch'iao Kuo. She is from Southern China. She however, was not Chinese, she was Hsien. This was a separate clan. They considered themselves Forest People. She was s ...more
Apr 24, 2013 rated it liked it
If you're looking for an adventurous and well written heroine starring story, then your in the right place. Not only does the ancient tale have historic value and details, but also tasteful wording with mysterious cliffhangers.Apart of The Royal Diaries series, this hardback features the warrior of the south, an intelligent, curious character who finds herself on a side against an evil uprising. But without giving away too much, just know that those who enjoy historical stories involving realist ...more
It was a quick read, but immediately inserts you into the time period.
Feb 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I remember this being one of my favorite installments of this series--each of the historical figures featured in the series are interesting, but I found the Lady of Ch'iao particularly fascinating.
Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
I've probably read this book 15 times. I loved this book so much in middle school. I was obsessed with the chinese culture and I think I need to reread this to get some nostalgic feels
Dec 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
Before reading this book I knew nothing about this time period. After reading this book I do want to read more about this time period. As a book for kids, it does its job in making the reader interested in the time period. I don't think the diary format doesn't work, it did drag on in a few places. I would recommended reading this book if you enjoyed reading the other books in this series.
Feb 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series
I loved these books as an adolescent, I collected them all, I read and re-read them. I went on to be a history major and librarian and I think that it is in no small part due to books like these that made history feel alive to young women in a way that many/most of the books at the time did not.
Cora Snow
Feb 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels

Positive: A childhood favourite.

Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
a book about what war can do to people's way of life, and how a young Hesian girl is striving to reach peace.
Stunted and containing many grammatical errors. One of the most boring of the series so far.
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Apr 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I like all the Royal Diaries books.
Jul 17, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is part of Scholastic’s Royal Diaries series. I picked this book up at a second-hand sale my University was hosting. Having never heard of the author or the series, I was sold entirely by the cover art (which is absolutely beautiful and quite possibly the best part of the book – maybe I can just frame it?).

Overall, I found it to be an interesting read. The concepts of being forced to grow up and being responsible for many people despite having no experience kept me turning the pages. U
Kendell DeMeritt
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Lady of Ch’iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, is written by Laurence Yep, receiver of the John Newbery Medal, Phoenix Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal, Jane Addams Book Award. He writes mostly for children, and Warrior of the South is directed at a younger audience of eleven to thirteen. In this book, Yep transports readers to southern China, A.D 531, a world of bright kingfisher birds and elephant weapons.

I think the purpose behind the writing of this book is the want to educate the people on some
Mar 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South, Southern China, A.D. 531 (The Royal Diaries)
by Laurence Yep
Cindy Xu

Throughout historical times, women were known to be inferior to men but Lady of Ch'iao Kuo were an inspiration to all. She was a princess of a noble civilization in the time of A.D. 531. Her father was a powerful man and she played a great role of keeping order in the regions. She learned ways of different culture and experience through times of war and misery. This book adapts into th
Dec 17, 2007 rated it really liked it
So when I was in elementary school I stumbled across this series, starting with Eleanor of Aquitaine, and lapped each book up in turn.
(For some reason, though, they're all marked as having been read in 2006 or 2007. I don't know why.)
Now, most of the other books are lighthearted and whimsical. The closest one to sad is Anastasia, but that's more because you know what's coming than because of what happens in the written story.
But this book...
Leave it to a two-time Newbery Honor author to scar a b
Anna  Gibson
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South is a surprisingly action-packed entry into the Royal Diaries series. Although some of the royals featured in the royal diaries series are what someone might expect a royal girl to be - a princess whose life consists of wearing fantastic dresses and being married off as a political alliance - The Lady of Ch'iao Kuo is anything but a dainty girl in silk slippers. Her status as the princess of a forest dwelling warrior nation contrasts with the role expe ...more
Grace Sophia
Jun 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I first found this book in a school library at age nine when I was looking for something nice and fat to read. I picked this up, having liked (a lot) the meager supply of other books in this series our little library contained, and was astonished by its size. Nearly twice as big as the other books, and 400-some pages. It fitting into my requirements nicely, I checked it out.

Writing in a different style than I was used to, but that fit in well with the story, Laurence Yep painted a lovely pictur
Apr 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Princess Red Bird is the daughter of the king of all the Hsien people in Southern China, in the year A.D. 531. As a princess, Red Bird has many responsibilities to her people. For the past few years, her parents have sent her to be educated in a Chinese colonial town. She has learned to read and speak in Chinese, and to serve as an interpreter between her people and the Chinese officials. Red Bird is only sixteen, but she has had to grow up fast, and when war erupts, her life changes even more. ...more
Emily Bell
Feb 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
What I Liked
Ancient China fascinates me after reading this story. I never realized there were different "tribes" of Chinese - and that Redbird's tribe tattooed their faces. This was certainly a learning experience.

Yu's character was by far my favorite. I enjoyed reading of Redbird's experience in the wealthy Chinese family household.

What I Didn't Like
This story moves slowly. Like snail's pace slowly. I enjoy a good action novel, but somehow the action and war tales of this one run dry.

I found m
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Born June 14, 1948 in San Francisco, California, Yep was the son of Thomas Gim Yep and Franche Lee Yep. Franche Lee, her family's youngest child, was born in Ohio and raised in West Virginia where her family owned a Chinese laundry. Yep's father, Thomas, was born in China and came to America at the age of ten where he lived, not in Chinatown, but with an Irish friend in a white neighborhood. After ...more
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