Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

by Ji-Li Jiang

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Ji-Li faces difficult choices when she must decide between her love for her family and a bright future with the Communist Party.
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It's 1966, and 12-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, tons of friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.

This is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying episodes of the 20th century.

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    • Grades: 6 - 8
    • Ages: 11 - 13
  • Product Type: Book
  • Page Count: 304 pages
  • Dimensions: 5 1/4" x 7 5/8"
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 13: 978-0-439-06300-5

Editorial Reviews

"It's a very painful, very personal—therefore accessible—history."—Kirkus Reviews

"The writing style is lively and the events often have a heart-pounding quality about them."—School Library Journal