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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

by Ying Chang Compestine

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What a powerful story about a piece of recent history that most middle grade/ middle school students never hear about. ( )
  KimJD | Apr 8, 2013 |
While billed as a fictionalized account of the Cultural Revolution in China there are enough real-life situations to make this a very realistic and harrowing insight into what happened to the intellectual and professional people in China. Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian does this for the Armenians in Turkey. ( )
  lindap69 | Apr 5, 2013 |
Beautifully written autobiographical novel of growing up during China's Cultural Revolution. ( )
  Sullywriter | Apr 3, 2013 |
4.5 stars. Practically nonfiction, I'd call it. This book is about a young girl who is living during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, when the country was under the "leadership" of Chairman Mao Zedong. She talks about how her city changed from one of freedom to one of oppression. How slowly, everything was taken from them, including their electricity, food, books, and family. It was like the opposite of the red scare. It was the anything-western scare to the extreme.

It's pretty scary. Definitely not many laughs. But you get sucked right into the story... And it's amazing to see how they dealt with the hardships they faced on a daily basis. It's amazing that the author (who IS the main character, essentially) was able to overcome. ( )
  saraferrell | Apr 3, 2013 |
I would give this one 4.5 stars if I could. It was really, really good. It's nominated for the Maine Student Book Award this year, although I think it's a little mature for that age group. The book starts out seemingly young, with the main character being 9. But as she grows older, the atrocities committed to her family and her naighbors increase in frequency and in scale. I listened to it on audiobook, and it was the type of book that I just wanted to stay in the car and listen to. ( )
  scote23 | Mar 30, 2013 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0805082077, Hardcover)

Nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable in her life; her parents are both dedicated surgeons in the best hospital in Wuhan. But when Comrade Li, one of Mao’s political officers, moves into a room in their apartment, Ling begins to witness the gradual disintegration of her world. In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors and, soon, for herself and family. Over the course of four years, Ling manages to grow and blossom, even as she suffers more horrors than many people face in a lifetime.

Drawing from her childhood experience, Ying Chang Compestine brings hope and humor to this compelling story for all ages about a girl fighting to survive during the Cultural Revolution in China.
 
Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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Starting in 1972 when she is nine years old, Ling, the daughter of two doctors, struggles to make sense of the communists' Cultural Revolution, which empties stores of food, homes of appliances deemed "bourgeois," and people of laughter.

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