I recently read Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party by Ying Chang Compestine.
The book is based on the author's personal experiences growing up in China under the Communist "Cultural Revolution."
Middle grade kids who read it will be amazed at the sort of things people experienced in China back then, but people in my generation heard about all that in the news back when it was happening.
The book is well-written and the main character is easy to care about.
In spite of the terrible things going on, the book isn't depressing, has a satisfying ending, and will encourage young readers to stand up for what they believe is right.
I hope lots of today's kids will read it.