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Twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has brains, friends, and a bright future. Then Mao Zedong launches China’s infamous Cultural Revolution. Soon school is suspended and students are getting caught up in the fervor of Mao’s extreme politics. When Ji-li’s family is accused of capitalist crimes, all of her beautiful dreams burst like soap bubbles. Because Ji-li’s grandfather was a landlord, her family is harassed and humiliated. Their home is searched, and they live in constant fear. Nonetheless, Ji-li remains loyal to her beloved Chairman Mao and endeavors to "reform her ideology". But with her father’s detention, Ji-li is faced with the most difficult choice of her life.
Told with simple grace, this is the true story of a family’s courage in one of the most terrifying eras of modern history. Christina Moore’s moving narration makes the Jiang family’s saga unforgettable.
©1997 Ji-li Jiang (P)1999 Recorded Books
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5 out of 5 stars
By Sharon on 10-02-15

compelling story

I downloaded this book to.listen on my commutes - the book had been one my 10th grade daughter assigned readings for her World History class. I wanted to learn more.about China's history as much as I wanted to help my daughter with her schoolwork. Jiang Ji-Li really brings to life with her personal experiences what it was like to live during the Cultural Revolution. Christina Moore did an amazing storytelling job - she.did a remarkable job of capturing the tone and personas of Miss.Jiang's characters.. Definitely one of my best downloads yet.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Maria kling on 08-29-17


Hearing this story made me feel so many things, happiness and anger. Sadness and loss. It made me cry and hope for better things to come for the family. And I really couldn't believe what I was hearing most of the time, I am a 14 year old girl in 2017 and hearing the struggle that Ji-li Jiang went though shook me to my core. Amazing writing, and thank you for sharing your story Ji-li. Thank you.

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