Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8W4.743520
Nine-year-old Ling is very comfortable in her life; her parents are both dedicated surgeons in the best hospital in Wuhan. But when Comrade Li, 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, Ling fears for the safety of her neighbors and, soon, for herself and family. Over the course of four years, Ling manages to grow and blossom, even as she suffers more horrors than many people face in a lifetime.

Drawing from her childhood experience, Ying Chang Compestine brings hope and humor to this compelling story for all ages about a girl fighting to survive during the Cultural Revolution in China.Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Hardcover, 249 pages
Published on August 21, 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN-10: 0805082077
ISBN-13: 9780805082074
3 Book Reviews
  • narwhalnoodler
    narwhalnoodlerabout 4 years55 stars
    I had to read this book for summer reading homework. I chose it because I wanted to learn more about revolutions in general. When I read it, the book sounded like an actual person's life during 1972. I enjoyed this book and recommend it.
    • kkate
      kkatealmost 7 years33 stars
      This book was very interesting. It's about a young girl and her family and their life during the Chinese revolution. They had to face many hardships while hosting Comrade Lee, who was for the revolution unlike them. Overall I thought this book was very informational and I would recommend it.
      • G-Bachalmost 7 years
        I read this book for a summer reading assignment and to my surprise it was very interesting. This story was about a little girl named Ling who went through many hardships with her mother and her father. She had to endure having a mysterious man named Comers Li show up and begin living with this family. Comers Li was a man seeming to have many faces, of being a friend and a foe. Ling and her mother were stunned to find that Long's father was being accused of being an anti revolutionary. Ling had to help care for her mother as well as herself even while she was being bullied at her school. Ling faced her fears and found what true strength means. Overall this book was great, very interesting and amazing read.