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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.
Hawaii Nene Book Award Master List, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, ALA Notable Children's Books, California Children's Media Award, Silver, NCTE Notable Child. Bks in Lang. A, Chinese American Librarians Association Best Book Award, NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, Texas TAYSHAS High School Reading List, NYPL Books for the Teen Age, NYPLC Children's Books 100, Children's Books: 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing, New York Public Library, ALA Best Books for Young Adults, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), California Young Reader Medal Master List, American Library Association Best Books for Young Adults, California Children's Media Award, Silver Medals, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, YALSA Best Book 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...