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Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine [in Bloomsbury Review]

Revolution Is Not a Dinner PartyBest known for her highly entertaining picture books (The Runaway Rice Cake, The Real Story of Stone Soup), Compestine enters the young adult market with a story that draws on her own childhood during the crushing Cultural Revolution in China. As the beloved only child of two doctors in Wuhan, 8-year-old Ling is forced to grow up quickly when one of  Mao’s political officers moves in next door, setting off a chain of tragic events Ling must endure and ultimately escape.

Review: “In Celebration of Asian Pacific American Month: A Survey of New & Notable Books,” The Bloomsbury Review, May/June 2008

Readers: Middle Grade, Young Adult

Published: 2008


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