Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution

Book review by Cindy Kane, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 12+

Devastating portrait of brutal political movement.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 11 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 12+
This book takes place in the 1960s, when Communists took over much of China, where the main character (and author), Ji-Li Jiang, grew up and later protested the Cultural Revolution. There is a bit of language and violence throughout the book.

This title has:

Educational value
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
age 12+
My son read this for his 6th grade Pre-Ap Language Arts class. He said he liked it just fine. I read some of it to him and it left me wanting to read the whole book. I did have to explain to him what a "sanitary belt" was, other than that we didn't have any concerns with the book.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Educational value

Book Details

  • Author: Ji-Li Jiang
  • Genre: Autobiography
  • Book type: Non-Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTrophy
  • Publication date: January 1, 1997
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 10
  • Number of pages: 285
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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