for Snow Falling in Spring by Moying Li
From Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
From The United States Board on Books for Young People (USBBY)
Moying Li’s coming-of-age memoir follows the fortunes of her Beijing family as they live through terrible times. The story begins in her courtyard home in the summer of 1958, when the heady enthusiasm of the Great Leap Forward gripped her family, and continues through the tyranny and persecu tion of the Cultural Revolution, which Moying experiences both at home and school. The death of Chairman Mao and the arrest of the Gang of Four in 1977 open a door that allows Moying to leave her country and study in America. mac
From the Publisher
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.