My Own Revolution by Carolyn Marsden

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In 1960s Czechoslovakia, Patrik participates in and rebels against the communist regime, knowing that anyone could become an enemy in the blink of an eye. Fourteen-year-old Patrik rebels against the communist regime in small ways whenever he gets the chance: spray-painting slogans, listening to contraband Beatles records, even urinating on a statue of Lenin under cover of night. But anti-Party sentiment is risky, and when party interference cuts a little too close to home, Patrik and his family find themselves faced with a decision — and a grave secret — that will change everything. As the moments tick toward too late, Patrik takes his family’s fate in hand, risking everything for a chance at freedom. Examining the psychological toll of living under an authoritarian regime, Carolyn Marsden allows readers to experience both Patrik’s persistent worry and his hope for better things.

About Carolyn Marsden

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Carolyn Marsden is the acclaimed author of The Gold-Threaded Dress and its sequel, The Quail Club, as well as Silk Umbrellas, Moon Runner, When Heaven Fell, The Buddha's Diamonds (with Thâ`y Pháp Niêm), The Jade Dragon (with Virginia Shin-Mui Loh), Sahwira (with Philip Matzigkeit), Take Me with You, and Starfields.
Published October 9, 2012 by Candlewick. 193 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Getting their hands on a bootleg copy of a Beatles single is just one of the small acts of rebellion that Patrik and his friends engage in.

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Publishers Weekly

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Patrik and his friends rebel against authority in small (but still dangerous) ways— defacing Communist slogans, buying black market Beatles records, and urinating on a statue of Lenin—but after Patrik recklessly burns a flag at the May Day parade, his entire family is put at risk.

Oct 01 2012 | Read Full Review of My Own Revolution

Teen Reads

Reading MY OWN REVOLUTION, with its quiet matter-of-fact tone and its propensity for building tension into each thing Patrik does, is a history lesson cloaked in a suspense novel masquerading as a quick-finish chapter book for teens.

Nov 14 2012 | Read Full Review of My Own Revolution

City Book Review

But when his crush takes a liking to a member of the hated Communist Party, Patrik goes on an anti-Communist campaign, forcing his family to leave their home.

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