An unusual story of a young girl's growing up in China. The child of a traditional family, Chien Shu-Lan, was born 30 miles northeast of Peking, and- trained in Western style schools, returns to a neighboring town as a teacher, though still bound to domestic demands and filial obedience required by Chinese custom. Shu-Lan is a sweet, kindly girl, who pulls away from the conflict between the new ways and the old. But- as increasing distaste for the man to whom as a child she had been betrothed overcomes her- she starts the fight in earnest. This is a lively, provocative book, with a vivid plot and meaningful background. Girls will become engrossed in Shu-Lan's many problems, filial, romantic, domestic. From first page to last the conflicts and the suspense are sustained. Intimate family life, interesting school life, town and country customs, festivals, dress, etc. -- all in all, a rich book, in a field where modern awareness is sadly needed. Early and late teens- and young adults.