Red Land, Yellow River: A Story From The Cultural Revolution

ISBN-10: 1773062700
ISBN-13: 9781773062709
Author: Zhang, Ange
Interest Level: 5-9
Publisher: Groundwood Books

Publication Date: September 2019

Copyright: 2004

Page Count: 56

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Interest Level

Grades 5-9

Reading Level

Lexile: 740L

BISAC Subjects

JUVENILE NONFICTION / Biography & Autobiography / Cultural Heritage


JUVENILE NONFICTION / Social Science / Politics & Government

When Mao's Cultural Revolution took hold in China in June 1966, Ange Zhang was thirteen years old. His father was a famous writer. Shortly after the revolution began, many of Ange's classmates joined the Red Guard, Mao's youth movement, and they drove their teachers out of the classrooms. But in the weeks that followed, Ange discovered that his father's fame as a writer now meant that he was a target of the new regime. When his father was arrested, he began to question everything that was happening in his country. Finally, Ange was forced to join many other young urban Chinese students in the countryside for re-education where he found the emotional space to develop his own artistic talent and to find that he, like his father, was an artist, except that Ange's talent lay in painting and drawing. This dramatic, painful autobiographical story is complemented by photographs, many drawn from Ange's personal collection, as well as a non-fiction section that explains the historical period and is also illustrated with archival images..
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