Trade Ed. Listening Library 2007
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-5632-6 $28.00 Four CDs
DD ISBN $19.60
Library Ed. Listening Library 2007
CD ISBN 978-0-7393-6161-0 $38.00 Four CDs
DD ISBN $32.30
The title belies the content of this riveting fictional account of life in China under Mao. Told from the perspective of Ling, the young daughter of two doctors, the story chronicles her father's imprisonment, attacks by schoolmates, betrayal by neighbors, and her sometimes painful relationship with her mother. Jodi Long's portrayal of Mao's dogmatic and screeching lieutenants is scary, a feeling that is relieved by the father's gentleness and Ling's own determination and resourcefulness. Long's voice sounds older than Ling's might be at 9 or even 13, when the story ends, but that's a quibble. Though the packaging says "recommended for ages 12 to 17," this short production should hold anyone's attention. J.B.G. © AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine [Published: APR/ MAY 08]
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