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My Name Is Number 4: A True Story from the Cultural Revolutionby Ting-xing Ye
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A powerful and passionate memoir for young readers, Ting-xing Ye tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution.
When Ting-xing Ye was born her aunt declared, Ah Si shi ge lao lu ming - Number Four will have a difficult life - for the signs were unlucky. Events soon bore out this cruel prediction.
Here is the true story of fourteen-year-old Ting-xing's tumultuous life turned upside down by China's Cultural Revolution. After the death of both her parents, Ting-xing and her four siblings endure the brutality of Red Guard attacks on their schools and even their house as they struggle against poverty and hunger. At sixteen, Ting-xing herself is exiled to a prison farm far from home.
Full of personal and historical detail about this dramatic period in Chinese history, My Name is Number 4 has at its centre the feisty and courageous Ting-xing, fighting to survive as a young woman caught up in events beyond her control.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Number Four will have a difficult life. These are the words that were uttered upon Ting-xing Yes birth. Soon this prophecy would prove only too true. . . .
Here is the real-life story about the fourth child in a family torn apart by Chinas Cultural Revolution. After the death of both of her parents, Ting-xing and her siblings endured brutal Red Guard attacks on their schools and even in their home. At the age of sixteen, Ting-xing is exiled to a prison farm far from the world she knows.
How she struggled through years of constant terror while keeping her spirit intact is at the heart of My Name Is Number 4. Haunting and inspiring, Ting-xing Yes personal account of this horri?c period in history is one that no reader will soon forget.
About the Author
Ting-xing Ye is the author of the international bestseller A Leaf in the Bitter Wind. Once an English interpreter for the Chinese government, she now lives in Canada.
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