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Girl Under a Red Moon: Growing Up During China's Cultural Revolution (Scholastic Focus)

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New York Times bestselling author Da Chen weaves a deeply moving account of his resolute older sister and their childhood growing up together during the Chinese Cultural Revolution.
In a small village called Yellow Stone, in southeastern China, Sisi is a model sister, daughter, and student. She brews tea for her grandfather in the morning, leads recitations at school as cla
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published September 3rd 2019 by Scholastic Nonfiction
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Michelle Kenneth - PerfectionistWannabe.com
Wow. What a story!

It is hard trying to put myself in the shoes of this little girl, punished because her ancestors were landowners. They believe that the sins of the fathers should rest upon the children for several generations. While Sisi is doing her best to live for her country and to be the best citizen, it is ripped away from her because her grandfather was a landowner.

She is faced with persecution from the other members of the Red Guard, so she flees. On the day she runs away, her young b
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Ms. Yingling
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Did not meet the needs of my collection at this time. I find this topic to be hugely interesting, but even I found this a bit difficult to follow. I highly recommend Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party
by Ying Chang Compestine about a girl of a similar age during this time period.
M.L. Little
Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Girl Under a Red Moon is an unusual book. There is nearly no dialogue. It’s mostly description. The descriptions are gorgeous and draw you right in. This is obviously a true story (I’m not sure how much of it is true, but it reads like a man recounting his childhood) and it centers on the beginning of China’s cultural revolution, the end of old China and the beginning of communism. It’s a miracle
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SundayAtDusk
This is a highly readable, educational biographical story about what it was like growing up during China’s Cultural Revolution. It will not only teach readers what so many children went through during those terrifying soul crushing years, but will show them that democracy and capitalism are not bad things, as many in younger generations currently appear to believe.

My only concern about this book is that Scholastic is recommending it for readers in grades 3-7. This is a terribly sad and violent
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Margie
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
At times this true story is very gritty describing hunger, cruelty and also alluding to sexual assault. What makes the story so compelling is the love and loyalty between the author and his older sister. Their lives were incredibly painful and difficult at times due to the Cultural Revolution, so called. It was more a revolution of authority, power and control. Woe be unto a person who defied the prescribed ways of Mao Zedong.This is not an easy book to read. The publisher recommends it for ages ...more
Rachel
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: older-childrens
This was an interesting look at the Cultural Revolution in China told from the viewpoint of a young boy whose family was being discriminated against because their grandfather had owned land. The author's sister was kicked out of school even though she was a class leader because of this history and the author and his sister had to travel to another school. This was a quick read and gave you a good sense of the history.
Laura
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-mt-bookpile
Another view of the Cultural Revolution in China, this time from a more rural perspective. Chen's work is consistently wonderful and does not disappoint.

ARC provided by publisher.
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Da Chen (born in 1962 in Fujian, China) is a Chinese author whose works include Brothers, China's Son, Sounds of the River, Sword, and Colors of the Mountain. A graduate of Beijing Language and Culture University and Columbia Law School, Da Chen lived in the Hudson Valley in New York but has recently moved to Torrance, California with his wife, the paranormal romance author Sunni, and two children ...more