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My Own Revolution

by Carolyn Marsden

Published by Candlewick Press, 2012
174 pages
ISBN: 978𢠩636-53958

Age 12 and older

Patrik and his friends are nervously purchasing a Beatles record on the black market in the opening chapter of a novel examining oppression under the Communist regime in Czechoslovakia in the 1960s through the eyes of a teenage boy. The record is more than just good music to the teens, it抯 also symbolic of freedom. Patrik抯 parents have refused to join the Communist Party. They抳e also avoided making a decision about trying to leave the country. Then Danika, Patrik抯 closest friend, announces that her father is joining the Party. Danika梩he girl who helped Patrik deface the statue of Vladimir Lenin outside their school. Danika梩he girl he抯 recently realized he likes as more than a friend. The news is more than personal heartbreak for Patrik. Danika抯 father joined for the perks條ittle things that will make their spare lives easier梑ut even without fierce Party loyalty it抯 a threat: Danika and her parents are too close to their lives for comfort, there抯 too much they might tell. This becomes painfully clear after Patrik抯 act of defiance during a May Day parade leaves the family no choice: They must try to flee. Carolyn Marsden reveals the fear that is part of every day for Patrik and his family while underscoring its impact on touchstones of teenage experience, from falling in love to wanting to rebel, in this tense story.  © Cooperative Children's Book Center


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