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Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution

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Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened at night in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself.

In 1966 Moying, a student at a prestigious language school in Beijing, seems destined for a promising future. Everything changes when student Red Guards begin to orchestrate brutal assaults, violent public humiliations, and forced confessions. After watching her teachers and headmasters beaten in public, Moying flees school for the safety of home, only to witness her beloved grandmother denounced, her home ransacked, her fathers precious books flung onto the back of a truck, and Baba himself taken away. From labor camp, Baba entrusts a friend to deliver a reading list of banned books to Moying so that she can continue to learn. Now, with so much of her life at risk, she finds sanctuary in the world of imagination and learning.

This inspiring memoir follows Moying Li from age twelve to twenty-two, illuminating a complex, dark time in Chinas history as it tells the compelling story of one girls difficult but determined coming-of-age during the Cultural Revolution.

 
Snow Falling in Spring is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

Synopsis:

This inspiring memoir illuminates a dark time in Chinas history through the compelling story of one teenagers difficult, but determined, coming of age.

Synopsis:

Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened at night in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself.

Moying Li is twelve years old when the Cultural Revolution sweeps across China. Studying at a prestigious language school in Beijing, she seems destined for a promising future. But everything changes when student Red Guards orchestrate brutal assaults, violent public humiliations, and forced confessions throughout the country. After watching her headmasters beaten in public, Moying flees school for the safety of home, only to witness her beloved grandmother denounced, her home ransacked, and her father taken away—along with this precious books. Struggling to make sense of her crumbling world, she finds sanctuary in literature. But with many schools shut down and most books forbidden, how can she keep her passion for learning alive?

About the Author

MOYING LI, one of the first students to leave China for study abroad after the Cultural Revolution, came to the United States in 1980 on a full scholarship from Swarthmore College. She holds an M.A., an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. She lives in Boston and Beijing. Learn more about Moying Li at www.moyingli.com.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312608675
Author:
Li, Moying
Publisher:
Square Fish
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Historical
Subject:
History - Asia
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
China - History - Cultural Revolution, 1966-
Subject:
Li-Marcus, Moying
Subject:
Girls
Subject:
Women
Subject:
People
Subject:
Places/Asia
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Young Adult Nonfiction
Series Volume:
Coming of Age in Chi
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Black-and-white photographs
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8.3 x 5.49 x 0.51 in
Age Level:
12-17

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Most people cannot remember when their childhood ended. I, on the other hand, have a crystal-clear memory of that moment. It happened at night in the summer of 1966, when my elementary school headmaster hanged himself.

Moying Li is twelve years old when the Cultural Revolution sweeps across China. Studying at a prestigious language school in Beijing, she seems destined for a promising future. But everything changes when student Red Guards orchestrate brutal assaults, violent public humiliations, and forced confessions throughout the country. After watching her headmasters beaten in public, Moying flees school for the safety of home, only to witness her beloved grandmother denounced, her home ransacked, and her father taken away—along with this precious books. Struggling to make sense of her crumbling world, she finds sanctuary in literature. But with many schools shut down and most books forbidden, how can she keep her passion for learning alive?

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