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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jean Fritz Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9781482949650
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From award-winning children’s author Jean Fritz comes the incredible true account of the Long March, a six-thousand-mile journey across China

In 1986, Jean Fritz went to China and talked to survivors of the Long March. It is from their recollections and her own broad, personal knowledge of Chinese history that Fritz has written one of the most compelling accounts of the incredible six-thousand-mile journey across China made by the Communist Army in 1934 and 1935.

Fritz takes us on the route of the sixty-mile-long First Front Army, the unit of Mao Zedong that wound its way through a terrain so perilous it was often more threatening than their battles with the enemy. The fear of a young soldier on Old Mountain afraid to go to sleep in case he might roll over and fall off the cliff is real to us; the drama and devastation that reduced the Red Army to twenty thousand men and women are immediate. And when the army crosses the thundering Dadu River on the threadbare remains of a bridge, we cross our fingers and hope to make it, too.

Skillfully placing events within the context of history, Fritz allows us to view them with the perspective of time, and, as she shares the memories of those she talked with, she brings humanness and intimacy to the participants and their unforgettable journey.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “By writing a narrative for young readers of the Chang Zheng, as it is called in China, Jean Fritz, the distinguished children’s historian, has performed a public service. The story of the Long March is one that every American should know and ponder.”

    New York Times

  • “This vivid account should go a long way towards making a radically different, vitally important country more comprehensive to American children; it belongs in every library.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “After her two memoirs on her childhood in China, Fritz now turns her stellar abilities to this engaging historical account of one of China’s most extraordinary events, the famous march of the Communist Army during 1934–35…The book moves far beyond politics to recount the human drama of the march, the suffering that led people to such drastic measures, and the spirit that kept them marching when hunger and illness threatened to overtake them.”  

    Publishers Weekly

  • “This is a welcome change from most traditional accounts…Fritz does an excellent job or characterization, conveying the mood of the march and the incredible dedication of the communists to the revolution.”

    School Library Journal

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About the Author
Author Jean Fritz

Jean Fritz, the Newbery Honor-winning author of Homesick, is best known for her engaging and enlightening nonfiction for young readers, including What’s the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?, And Then What Happened, Paul Revere?, and Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution. She was honored with the Knickerbocker Award for Juvenile Literature by the New York State Library Association and won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for her career contribution to American children’s literature.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of seventeen AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.