11-year-old Peis young life is turned upside down when Communist troops invade her small Chinese village during the 1948 revolution. The soldiers remove Peis teacher, Sister Elizabeth, from the school and replace her with a strict, unyielding instructor who teaches the children to memorize the words of Mao Zedong and the tenets of the Communist party. This historical fiction for children in grades 3 to 5 depicts a child living out her faith in a culture of opposition. The story is based in fact: Pei is a true if virtually unknown hero who inspired others far beyond her time and place.
Author: Ellen Lucey Prozeller
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Grade Level: 3rd-7th