Friday, November 02, 2007

Revolution is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine

This debut novel brings the Cultural Revolution to young adult students in a compelling and engaging story based on the author's own experiences. Ling's parents both work at the hospital, so the family is considered bourgeois and subject to scrutiny and abuse by the Communist Party. Even though Ling is only 9 when the book starts, the details of how the government affects her daily life are well-explained and gripping. There are notes at the end explaining more about the Cultural Revolution, and more about the author's life as well.

Not knowing much about this part of history, I found this fascinating. Students who like to read about the Holocaust will be interested in this book because of how the governement was treating the citizens. This is a highly readable book that could generate a lot of good conversations in a classroom setting. I will definitely be getting a copy.

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