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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9781429924559256 Pages, Ages 10-14
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.
California Young Reader Medal Master List, NYPLC Children's Books 100, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, California Children's Media Award, Silver, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, ALA Notable Children's Books, Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), ALA Best Books for Young Adults, Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, YALSA Best Book for Young Adults, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, California Children's Media Award, Silver Medals, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults
Mother picked up a stack of old newspapers from beside the stove. Carefully, she checked every page before laying it around a stool, setting two sheets with Chairman Mao's pictures on the counter. Months earlier, a nurse had been sent to prison...