Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

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Henry Holt and Company (BYR), Aug 21, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 256 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  - lindap69 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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User Review  - scote23 - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

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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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