Revolution Is Not A Dinner Party by Ying Chan Compestine

This is a powerful story of a girl who comes of age and fights to survive during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1969).
An Amnesty endorsed children's book by Ying Chan Compestine.

Paperback: 256 pages
Age 10+
Size: 19.8cm x 12.9cm

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This is a powerful story of a girl who comes of age and fights to survive during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1969). Nine-year-old Ling leads a happy life with her parents, who are both dedicated doctors. Her world
gradually starts to disintegrate when Comrade Li, one of Mao's political officers, moves into their apartment.

In an atmosphere of increasing mistrust, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbours, and soon for herself and her parents. Over the course of four years, and despite witnessing many horrors, Ling not only survives, but manages to bloom as well.


California Book Award for Young Adult Literature
2008 ALA Best Books For Young Adults
2008 ALA Notable Children's Books
2007 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Fiction Book List
2007 San Francisco Chronicle Best Children's Fiction Book List
2008 Chinese American Librarian Association Best Book
2007 New York Public Library 100 Best Titles for Reading and Sharing


‘In her spare, lyrical style, [she] vividly portrays a world turned upside down’ - San Francisco Chronicle

‘A gripping account of life during China's Cultural Revolution’ – Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

‘The Chinese Revolution is up close and personal in this touching historical novel’ - Book Sense Picks for Autumn 2007

‘Lyrical yet gripping’ - Kirkus Reviews

‘An excellent addition to historical fiction about this period in China's history’ - School Library Journal

Paperback: 256 pages
Age 10+
Publisher: Walker (7 Jul. 2008)
Language: English
ISBN: 9781406315851
Size: 19.8cm x 12.9cm

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ISBN 9781406315851
Supplier Walker Books
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