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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (690 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ying Chang Compestine Narrator: Jodi Long Publisher: Listening Library Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2007 ISBN:
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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 her 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.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sylvia | 2/17/2014

    " The author of this book was very good at using emotional appeal. (That might be due to the fact that she experienced it and is writing about it thur her perspective.) I loved it. i was very emtional at times and i felt scared for the character. the character seemed very mature in the situation. I felt that at times it was not realistic and how lucky the character and her family was... but nevertheless a good book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 2/16/2014

    " This is a short, easy to read novel. It's the author's first novel, based on her youth during the Cultural Revolution in China. I enjoyed the narrative and the perspective of this story being told by a young teenage girl. I expect that the subject of Mao's revolution and Communism in the 1960's could have been laid out in more of a Michener-esque style and would be much more thorough, but I enjoyed this glimpse into life in China during the not so distant past. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isabella | 2/11/2014

    " Man, when I read that book, I could bot stop reading for I would always want to know if her and family would be alright and it was just so intriguing. It was also the first proper book that I didn't have to read for school but by choice and the first book that I had ever read that was over 100 pages. Hah, reading it seemed like an incredibly hard challenge at the time but right now it's like meh!!!LOL "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 2/8/2014

    " Could have been an angry/hate-filled/depressing read; instead it was a well-balanced (emotionally) memoir of the time just before Mao's death. I never felt that there was an adult sensibility overwhelming the childhood memories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rj | 2/6/2014

    " My four stars is based on it being a young adult book. This is a simple, matter-of-fact look at a young girls experiences during China's Cultural Revolution. It reads like nonfiction and that is partly due to the fact that much of the story is based on the author's true life experiences. I will definitely give this book to my kids to read when they are teens. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melani | 2/4/2014

    " Not as good as Red Scarf Girl in my opinion, though it is interesting. This book is only semi-autobiographical, which gives it less authority. It definitely has the feel of a book for young people, whereas Red Scarf Girl does not. I think I will try to get my children to read both books this summer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 1/20/2014

    " The paperback of this title is just out. A powerful story of Ying Chang's experience as the daughter of a physician in China during the cultural revolution. Told in a straightforward manner the unimaginable depth and breadth of Mao's sweeping changes in China become clear. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lizzy | 1/14/2014

    " juvenile lit, for my teacher friends: Nene Nominee book; excellent. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 12/31/2013

    " I hadn't read any youth accounts of life under Mao's cultural revolution. The author had a nice style of writing- it was heartbreaking without being...overly gross, which the younger audience may not/maybe should not be reading about the devastation of that period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hannah | 11/5/2013

    " Having read several other books about China under Mao's communist rule, I just didn't feel that this story was as captivating as "China's Son" or "Red Scarf Girl." A decent read overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Juliette Lachica | 7/14/2013

    " very good book!!!! it is about the chinese revolution. if u dont like violence, do not read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 4/7/2013

    " It was interesting to read a vaguely autobiographical account of the Cultural Revolution in China as youth literature. I can't help but hope that young American readers will be interested enough in it to read a book about it, and then ask more questions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill (theneedtoread) | 2/10/2013

    " This book was amazing! If you want to learn about life in China from a young girl in the 1970's, read this book! One of my favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drea | 1/12/2013

    " Iv'e read and re-read this book a hundred times, and it still makes me cry! The little girl is SOOO brave. It's such a good book that i cant even explain it! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 6/30/2012

    " It is interesting to learn about the cultural revolution in China but it is really depressing. This book will make you treasure your freedom. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Victoria | 4/10/2012

    " So much better than it sounds. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephanie A. | 2/10/2012

    " My mom went through a period of reading Chinese memoirs from around this era, and while they piqued my curiosity, I decided it would be much more palatable in YA novel form. It was. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefers511 | 1/9/2012

    " A quick but rather painful read about the realities of China's violent Cultural Revolution, Maoist fanaticism, and the struggle of survival told from the perspective of a young girl (Anne Frank-esqe in many ways). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charlotte Osborn-bensaada | 1/5/2012

    " Written from the perspective of a 9 year-old-daughter of a doctor, Ling's world is destroyed by the tumult of Mao's Cultural Revolution. While the book does a good job of framing how catastrophic this was within China, it does not give much context as to why the Cultural Revolution happened. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael Clark | 11/6/2011

    " Illumination of a not well know in the West period in history, but the author is that strong even if she's telling her own story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malissa | 5/21/2011

    " I didn't think this book filled in enough holes or had enough background information/explanation for many students to completely understand what was happening. The author's note helps a bit but not enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katie | 5/11/2011

    " Not sure if I loved it, but it was interesting to see that time peirod being described by a little girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marion | 5/11/2011

    " A librarian in middle school gave me this to read. I read at least four books on the Chinese Cultural Revolution that year and this one is most memorable. She had to go through some very harsh times, and I loved the writing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Malissa | 4/9/2011

    " I didn't think this book filled in enough holes or had enough background information/explanation for many students to completely understand what was happening. The author's note helps a bit but not enough. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kara | 3/25/2011

    " I hadn't read any youth accounts of life under Mao's cultural revolution. The author had a nice style of writing- it was heartbreaking without being...overly gross, which the younger audience may not/maybe should not be reading about the devastation of that period. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 3/21/2011

    " Illumination of a not well know in the West period in history, but the author is that strong even if she's telling her own story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Wendi | 1/10/2011

    " A student recommended this book and I just couldn't get into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/7/2010

    " What a powerful story about a piece of recent history that most middle grade/ middle school students never hear about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erin | 11/9/2010

    " I found myself hoping it wasn't truth, fearing it was... there's a lot of history I'd rather not know about! But the story wound around the awfulness and I liked the experience. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/21/2010

    " This is a YA book that is very sobering. I guess I am shocked at how very little I knew of this Chinese revolution as I was living during it ! Found the same to be true of Rwanda. I feel badly that I did not exercise some effort to right these horrid wrongs even if the effort was only my prayers. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade | 7/3/2010

    " This is an AMAZING book so go read it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Savita | 4/16/2010

    " A lot like Red Scarf Girl, but better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheryl | 4/8/2010

    " Listened to this audiobook. Sad but so interesting. A great historcial fiction. "

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