Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom

Paperback | October 1, 2008

byKatherine Paterson

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Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom is an engrossing fictional account of a young peasant boy caught up in the Taiping Rebellion. Rescued from kidnappers, Wang Lee finds himself with a strange secret group. They are the God-worshipping society, Mei Lin tells him, dedicated to overthrowing the hated Manchu emperor of China. Wang Lee must join the rebels and learn to be a soldier -- and to kill. Singing and marching, the crusaders fight the "foreign devils" in villages and cities, on mountains and rivers.

For Wang Lee it is a time of agonizing questions that neither his companion, Chu, nor his philosopher friend, Shen, can answer. For Mei Lin, her teacher San-niang, and hundreds of other women with unbound feet, it is a time to show their strength. And for all the charcoal bearers, farmers, miners and misfits transformed into a noble army, it is a time to establish a new age -- the Heavenly Kingdom of Great Peace.

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Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom is an engrossing fictional account of a young peasant boy caught up in the Taiping Rebellion. Rescued from kidnappers, Wang Lee finds himself with a strange secret group. They are the God-worshipping society, Mei Lin tells him, dedicated to overthrowing the hated Manchu emperor of China. Wang Lee must join the rebels and learn to be a s...

Katherine Paterson, winner of the two most prestigious international prizes for children - the Hans Christian Andersen Award and the ALMA Prize - was born in China to missionary parents and spent her early childhood there. She has written a great number of award-winning books for children, including Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, which won the Newberry Medal. When it was first published in 1983, Rebels ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:264 pages, 8.75 × 5.75 × 0.78 inPublished:October 1, 2008Publisher:Groundwood Books LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0888998856

ISBN - 13:9780888998859

Appropriate for ages: 9

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