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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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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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Amazing

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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Feeling of not a full story

I have read many other books on China and the cultural revolution and I feel as if this book left me hanging as if not all of the story was told. She did tell what happened in the end, but felt right before this she abruptly ended the story. Still a decent book, but could have been longer based on the story she was communicating.

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Great story

As a American i really learned alot about China's history and just great story.And just great drama.

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SOOOOOOO FRUSTRATING!!!

If you could sum up Red Scarf Girl in three words, what would they be?

FRUSTRATING!!!<br/>Angering.<br/>Revealing.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Stress, then relief.

What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

I liked the emotions she expressed in the reading.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

See the frightening exposure of Mao's Communist China.

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Best book ever

I loved this book because it is a very good book I recommend it for adventurous eaters is very good very sad and the little girl is the best book I have ever read. The only thing was it was supper sad so if you do not like sad books do not read.

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Okay, just okay

Would you try another book from Ji-li Jiang and/or Christina Moore?

Probably not

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I have a hard time understanding Communist China culture.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably would

Any additional comments?

Not my favorite book, but I was interested enough to finish it.

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