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Publisher Description

The summer of 1972, before I turned nine, danger began knocking on doors all over China.

Nine-year-old Ling has a very happy life. Her parents are both dedicated surgeons at the best hospital in Wuhan, and her father teaches her English as they listen to Voice of America every evening on the radio. But when 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 and hatred, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors, and soon, for herself and her family. For the next four years, Ling will suffer more horrors than many people face in a lifetime. Will she be able to grow and blossom under the oppressive rule of Chairman Mao? Or will fighting to survive destroy her spirit—and end her life?

Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Young Adult
September 29
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Grades 5-9

Customer Reviews

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Revolution is Not a Dinner Party

Excellent book! I was looking for books I could use for a class with middle and high school students about different revolutions. I had several choices for the French and Russian revolutions, but didn't even know much about the Communist revolution in China and wanted to include China. I accidentally came across Revolution is Not a Dinner Party and passed it up at first. I am so glad I returned to read it!! There is a wealth of history shared within an extremely compelling story. The protagonist's youth and naïveté are the perfect source for an introduction to the Chinese Cultural Revolution which I ashamed lay admit I knew nothing about before reading this book. I have already purchased the author's Secret of the Terra Cotta soldier and look forward to more introduction to more Chinese history. I believe Revolution is Not a Dinner Party will pique my students' interest in Chinese history just as it has done for my own.

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