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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 |
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 |
Revolution is Not a Dinner Party gives readers a honest and raw portrayal of life for an intellectual family during the peak of China’s Cultural Revolution. Ling, a nine year-old girl who lives with her doctor parents in their comfortable apartment, is oblivious to the political change occurring in her community. Naïve and hopeful, Ling is impressed by the Red Guard officer that is stationed to live in her apartment. He is bold and always sharing of the teachings of Chairman Mao. However, as time passes everything about her life changes for the worse- no food, her dad’s wrongfully imprisonment, no electricity, her house ransacked, people being forced to relocation and personally being victimized. Ling’s invincible life is shattered. She blames Chairman Mao’s ideologies for the hardships that her family, friends and community face. Being accused of being a trader to Chairman Mao and taunted “bourgeous,” Ling struggles to make choices that will protect her and her loved ones while fulfilling her urge to revolt against her oppressors. Ying Chang Compestine uses her personal experience and those of others who lived in China during the Cultural Revolution to expose the dark realities of an unjust dictatorship. Readers will identify with the inner struggles of Ling and be reminded of the human spirit and what one is able to endure when in survival mode. Revolution is not a Dinner Party transcends cultures and speaks to freedom and justice. Additional features in this book that add to the credibility and background knowledge of China are: an author’s note, historical note and a brief interview with the author. The discussion questions also helps readers to process the overall themes and controversy within this novel. Revolution is Not a Dinner Party is a quick, but powerful read. ( )
  erineell | Apr 18, 2012 |
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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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