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The Great Call of China (Students Across the Seven Seas)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  524 Ratings  ·  48 Reviews
Chinese-born Cece was adopted when she was two years old by her American parents. Living in Texas, she's bored of her ho-hum high school and dull job. So when she learns about the S.A.S.S. program to Xi'an, China, she jumps at the chance. She'll be able to learn about her passion - anthropology - and it will give her the opportunity to explore her roots. But when she arriv ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published February 19th 2009 by Speak
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Jan 22, 2010 rated it did not like it
Can this book have any more stereotypes in it? I kept wanting it to get better but it seemed as if every single stereotype about Asians, Chinese Americans, Asian Americans, Chinese people, etc. was in the book. Spoiled, rebellious, boy-crazy, bratty Chinese American girl? Check. Hot half Chinese half white boy as love interest? Check. Chinese boy who's nice but can only be seen as a friend and is obsessed with American culture? Check. Neutral white girl as best friend? Check. Chinese people eati ...more
Aug 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: preteens, adopted kids
I think I really only give it 3.5 stars, but I'm being generous today. This YA (aimed at the preteen+) stars Cece, an American-adopted Chinese girl who travels back to China through the S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas) program. Through the anthropology program, Cece goes to Xi'an (home of the famous terra cotta warriors) and learns about her cultural history.

I am an American-adopted Korean, who now resides in Beijing, China. So I take particular interest in the part where Cece returns t
Dec 22, 2014 rated it liked it
I liked it! Very cute and obviously the travel aspect was so on pointe. Only thing that bugged me was the author saying ni hao meant how are you which it does literally but pretty much always means hello. But apart from that I enjoyed it and the Mandarin was really accurate besides that (haha thank u Chinese classes).
Joel Kirk
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Carol Baldwin
This is the fourteenth in a fifteen book series published by Penguin from 2005-2010, S.A.S.S. (Students Across the Seven Seas). This multi-author series features a student studying abroad in a different country.

Liu's book stars Cece who travels to China to study her passion--anthropology. But the trip has special meaning for Cece. She wants to go to the Beijing orphanage where she spent her first two years. She hopes to find her biological parents--without her parents knowing about it.

Cecil's g
Sep 09, 2014 rated it liked it
I'd love to know how much direction the authors were given for this series. Was the directive just study-abroad in China, or was it Chinese-American studies abroad in China and tries to reconnect with her biological parents?

I'm curious in part because -- and this is commentary on the series, not on this book specifically -- I find the whole thing rather whitewashed. Yes, it's probably true that white students make up the bulk of study-abroad participants from the U.S.'s disappointing to
Mar 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Great Call of China is great for a short and entertaining read. I loved how quick the story flew by.

Cece was an interesting main character. Though there weren't too many details about her and her personality, it could be portrayed through the way she steadfastly went looking for her real parents in Beijing. And even though she knew that she might face negative answers and responses, she had a determination and courage that allowed her to find out about her family.

I also loved reading some parts
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009, seattle, psc
I really enjoyed this book, especially for a YA semi-chick-lit story. Cece, a Chinese-born high school student who was adopted by American parents, spends her summer at an anthropology program in Xi'an, China. While she's there, she attempts to learn more about her own heritage and her birth parents. The book contains many little snippets of information about China and Chinese culture, woven in as Cece and her classmates see the country. The characters are fun, and the romantic thread of the sto ...more
Feb 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jennifer Wardrip
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The good and the not so good:

The main story of Cece finding her birth parents was excellent. Cece had to face her fears and by the end of the story she not only appreciated her adopted parents but also she knew the story behind her birth. She was a very believable character and I really enjoyed her search for friends and her family in China.

What I didn't find believable was that she didn't have any jet lag after flying for about 20+ hours from Tex
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