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Girl Under a Red Moon: Growing Up During China’s Cultural Revolution

By: Da Chen

In a small village called Yellow Stone, in southeastern China, Sisi is a model sister, daughter, and student. She brews tea for her grandfather in the morning, leads recitations at school as class monitor, and helps care for her youngest brother, Da.

But when students are selected during a school ceremony to join the prestigious Red Guard, Sisi is passed over. Worse, she is shamed for her family's past—they are former landowners who have no place in the new Communist order. Her only escape is to find work at another school, bringing Da along with her. But the siblings find new threats in Bridge Town, too, and Sisi will face choices between family and nation, between safety and justice. With the tide of the Cultural Revolution rising, Sisi must decide if she will swim against the current, or get swept up in the wave.

Author’s note. Black-and-white photographs and illustrations.

ISBN: 9781338263862

JLG Release: Mar 2020

Sensitive Areas: Violence: Mild Violence
Topics: Da Chen (1962– ) , Hong Wei Bing , Brothers and sisters , Chinese families , Political persecution , Family life , Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) , Twentieth-century Chinese history

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First Release

March 2020



Dewey Classification


Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count


Accelerated Reader

Level 7.2; Points: 4;

Scholastic Reading Counts



Level 1120L


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Hardcover edition


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Potentially Sensitive Areas

Violence: Mild Violence


Da Chen (1962– ), Hong Wei Bing, Brothers and sisters, Chinese families, Political persecution, Family life, Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966–1976), Twentieth-century Chinese history,

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