Snow Falling in Spring by Moying Li
Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution

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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.

About Moying Li

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MOYING LI, one of the first students to leave China for study abroad after the Cultural Revolution, came to the United States in 1980 on a full scholarship from Swarthmore College. She holds an M.A., an M.B.A., and a Ph.D. She lives in Boston and Beijing.
Published March 6, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 192 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Young Adult, Travel, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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When Li was 12 years old, the Chinese Cultural Revolution began and changed life in that nation.

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Small tragedies are the prelude to great ones in this haunting memoir of the Cultural Revolution.

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Recalling 2007's Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party , a fictionalized autobiography by Ying Chang Compestine, this memoir also offers a highly personal look at

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