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 English as they listen to Voice America every evening radio. But when one Mao’s political officers moves into room their apartment, begins witness gradual disintegration world. In an atmosphere increasing mistrust hatred, fears for safety neighbors, soon, herself family. For next four years, will suffer more horrors than many people face lifetime. Will she be able grow blossom under oppressive rule Chairman Mao? Or fighting survive destroy spirit—and end life? Revolution Is Not Dinner Party is 2008 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book Year.
Drawing from her childhood experience, the author brings hope and humor to this fascinating story of a young girl growing up fighting survive during Cultural Revolution in China.