The Examination by Malcolm Bosse
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Fifteen-year-old Hong and his older brother Chen face famine, flood, pirates, and jealous rivals on their journey through fifteenth century China as Chen pursues his calling as a scholar and Hong becomes involved with a secret society known as the White Lotus.
 

About Malcolm Bosse

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Malcolm Bosse (1927 - 2002) wrote numerous best-selling novels for adults, including The War Lord, and many highly acclaimed novels for young readers. Of Deep Dream of the Rainforest, Publishers Weekly said: "[Bosse's] gripping adventure story withstands comparison to Kidnapped, Treasure Island, and Robinson Crusoe, and is far subtler than each of them.
 
Published October 29, 1996 by Square Fish. 304 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The brothers are separated when their junk is captured by pirates, who discover Hong's letter and torture him to discover its meaning, but Hong escapes, finds Chen, and the brothers continue on their way.

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Bosse's (Captives of Time; Deep Dream of the Rain Forest) latest offering excels as both fiction and history, telling a moving tale of fraternal love and courage as it reveals a wealth of insights int

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In a starred review, PW said that this novel ""excels as both fiction and history, telling a moving tale of fraternal love and courage as it reveals a wealth of insights into the traditions and politics of medieval China."" Ages 12-up.

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While Chen struggles with the difficult exams, Hong joins a secret society dedicated to overthrowing the Ming dynasty.

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