Wednesday, April 1, 2009

My Name is Number 4 by Ting-Xing Ye - ESSENTIAL

Ye, Ting-Xing My Name is Number 4: A True Story from the Cultural Revolution, 229 p. NON-FICTION. St. Martin’s Griffin, 2009.

Violence: PG; Language: PG. 


Ting-Xing was born in 1952 and spent six years (ages 16-22) living on a rural prison farm being re-educated in the work of a peasant farmer during China’s Cultural Revolution under Chairman Mao. Though Ye’s parents had both dies when she was young, she and her siblings spent all of their childhoods making up for the sin of their father being a factory owner.

High school social studies teachers should look at this memoir as a powerful addition to their curriculum. There are now just a few books being written by survivor’s of the Cultural revolution and they are welcome additions, whether as novels or biographies.

Cindy, Library-Teacher

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I must say this book was very entertaining the only problem with it, was it got extremely complicated and i was not sure if they were telling more than one story! Ahsi and her other 4 siblings were very brave