Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party

Book review by Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Gripping story, great intro to China's Cultural Revolution.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 10+
This book taught me more about the Cultural Revolution, which in this novel took place during the Vietnam War (and when my mom was a kid, which was in the early 1970s). I didn't like this one as much as Red Scarf Girl, however.

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Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
age 15+

Graphic suicide scenes make it inappropriate for the recommended age group

This book was assigned to my 6th grader. I'm disappointed that a book with such a graphic discussion of suicide would be recommended for this age group. Many of the kids, who are all advanced readers, were disturbed by the book. I understand the historical significance, but the subject matter is too much for 10-13 year olds. I would recommend that parents read this one before handing it over to their tween or teen.

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Too much violence

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