In 1966, twelve year old Ji-Li had everything going for her; brains, admiration of her classmates and opportunities of a bright future in the Communist China. That year Mao Zedong launched the Cultural Revolution, and her world began to fall apart. Her family was humiliated by former friends and neighbors and lived in constant terror of arrest. She had a decision to make, and family was important to her. I learned a lot about the Cultural Revolution and loved reading this book.
Reviewed by Diann Landeen