The Palest Ink by Kay Bratt

The Palest Ink
Written by Kay Bratt
  Fiction, Pages
  Hardcover, Paperback, e-Book
  November 2015
  $3.99 - $10.99

Publisher's Synopsis:
A sheltered son from an intellectual family in Shanghai, Benfu spends 1966 anticipating a promising violinist career and an arranged marriage. On the other side of town lives Pony Boy, a member of a lower-class family - but Benfu’s best friend all the same. Their futures look different but guaranteed…until they’re faced with a perilous opportunity to leave a mark on history.

At the announcement of China’s Cultural Revolution, Chairman Mao’s Red Guard members begin their assault, leaving innocent victims in their wake as they surge across the country. With political turmoil at their door, both Benfu and Pony Boy must face heart-wrenching decisions regarding family, friendship, courage, and loyalty to their country during one of the most chaotic periods in history.

Kay Bratt is a child advocate and the author of the books Train to Nowhere, Chasing China, The Bridge, A Thread Unbroken, and the acclaimed memoir of her own childhood and the years she spent working in Chinese orphanages, After living in China for several years, she now resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in South Carolina with her husband and daughter.  You can find her online at

My Thoughts
I liked how this book started out, with Benfu all uptight because he is about to meet his future bride.  Which is understandable since they are both teenagers.  He is also concerned about the future of China, while his best friend is more concerned about the everyday things of kids.  During the story, both boys grow up and go through hardship, even though they are from different 'classes'.  The characters, scenery, and history are well written.  It was a pleasant read.  I Rated This Book:  4/5 Stars ****

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