Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom

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Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom
Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom cover.jpg
First edition cover
Author Katherine Paterson
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's Historical novel
Publisher Dutton Juvenile
Publication date
June 21, 1983
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 229 pp (hardcover edition)
ISBN 978-0-525-66911-1 (hardback edition)
OCLC 9218013
LC Class PZ7.P273 Re 1983

Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom is a 1983 children's book written by American novelist Katherine Paterson. Set during the Taiping Rebellion in China, it focuses on Wang Lee, a 15-year-old peasant boy who is abducted into a secret rebel organization. Mei Lin, a female soldier, teaches Wang Lee to read and instructs him in the movement’s dogma. Wang Lee’s transition into being a soldier is marked with acts of violence and betrayal, and he is forced through difficult circumstance to learn humility as part of his training.[1]

Following its publication, Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom received the Parents' Choice Award and was named the NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.[2]