Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

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Macmillan, Aug 21, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 248 pages
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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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User Review  - Sarah Foote - Goodreads

The book is a historical fiction novel that is set at the end of the Cultural Revolution in China. It tells the story of a young girl who was raised in an upper class family that has to face ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maya Yerramilli-Rao - Goodreads

I liked this book as it taught you how to deal with change and how the world around you can impact your life so much. Ling has to deal with the transition from being completely oblivious to the ... Read full review

Contents

2 BAMBOO IN THE WIND
101
3 BRIDGE BEHIND MAO
173
AUTHORS NOTE
245
HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
247
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About the author (2007)

Ying Chang Compestine grew up in China and now lives in California with her husband and son. She is the author of the young adult story collection A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, as well as several picture books for children and cookbooks for adults.

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