Revolution is Not
Nine-year-old Ling is the daughter of two doctors in China in 1972. She might wish for a new shirt or to please her mother more often, but her life is mostly happy and easy. When Chairman Mao comes to power and one of his political officers moves in next door, life changes drastically for Ling and everyone around her. Neighbors disappear, food is rationed, and no one is safe from accusations.
This book moves quickly and holds interest. There are many complex concepts, and some student readers may not have prior knowledge about them, but Ling's story is told in an accessible way. The threats are disturbing, but the book avoids graphic depictions or extreme incidents. This is an important story about how people can do the right thing when everything is going wrong.
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