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

ISBN9780312608675
PublisherMPS
PublishedMarch 16, 2010
Pages192
AuthorMoying Li
FormatPaperback
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.5 in.
Depth0.5 in.

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

Moying Li

Paperback

March 16, 2010

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 father's 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 China's history as it tells the compelling story of one girl's 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.

Get Snow Falling in Spring by Moying Li online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.

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

Moying Li

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ISBN9780312608675
PublisherMPS
PublishedMarch 16, 2010
Pages192
AuthorMoying Li
FormatPaperback
Weight0.2 Kg.
Height8.2 in.
Width5.5 in.
Depth0.5 in.

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.

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 father's 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 China's history as it tells the compelling story of one girl's 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.

Get Snow Falling in Spring by Moying Li online and at Fully Booked bookstore branches in the Philippines.

Editorial Reviews

“The simple, direct narrative will grab readers with the eloquent account of daily trauma and hope.”

– Booklist, Starred Review

“At its essence, this is a book about the value of reading--to escape, to learn, to be sustained and to grow.”

– The New York Times Book Review

“Beautifully written . . . offers a somewhat broader view of a nation in turmoil and illustrates the grit and determination necessary for survival in a dysfunctional society.”

– School Library Journal