Hi! My name is Shanelle, a 10th grade student at North Allegheny High School. Reading is among my numerous pastimes, and I feel that it greatly enhances my knowledge of the world. My favorite genres of literature include mystery and fiction, so expect to see reviews of those from me! Additionally I enjoy playing piano, violin, and tennis, and have a passion for science- winning in many science fairs over the years. This is my first time being a blogger for Carnegie Library, so I am very excited to share my love of reading with everyone!
This exciting historical novel revolves around the life of a young Chinese girl named Jang Ji-Li. It is a memoir of the cultural revolution that took place in China starting in 1966. The book explores the day-to-day occurrences in Communist China and how China’s leader, Mao Zedong, initiated the revolution in hopes of the fall of the old customs. Throughout the story, Ji-Li’s family, and other families were humiliated by their friends and neighbors, because of their acceptance of the old culture. Their homes were searched, and anything considered “old” was taken away. Soon, Ji-Li’s father was taken in for questioning and eventually imprisoned for the gambling and great debt he accumulated. When he was detained, Ji-Li’s life and the life of her grandma, mother, and brother and sister fell apart. Together, the family struggled through the searches, the money, food, care for the grandmother and mother, and other things. This novel truly shows a family who suffered greatly during this devastating era and how they fought to stay strong.
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