“Powerful and unforgettable...told with authenticity and passion.”
- Ji-li Jiang, award-winning author of Red Scarf Girl
"Call[s] forth a courage and fortitude...persistence...that are likely the intended lessons for this book's young adult audience."
- Washington Post Book World
"Compelling . . . joins such titles as Da Chen's Colors of the Mountain and Moying Li's Snow Falling in Spring to give teens a realistic picture of the way the terror of the Cultural Revolution played out in many people's lives."
- School Library Journal
"A true and sobering story of growing up during China's Cultural Revolution. Number 4 puts a human face and a personal story on a brutal time."
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Combine[s] clean prose with gritty detail... Teens will be fascinated by the details of Ye's impoverished adolescence, and inspired by her determination to continue her education against all odds. A worthy addition to the growing canon of Cultural Revolution literature."
- Kirkus Reviews
“Riveting . . . . The power of this memoir lies not just in the details of this period, but in the honesty of its telling.”
- The Globe and Mail
“A painful tale, beautifully told!”
- Da Chen, bestselling author of Colors of the Mountain
“Engaging for teenagers . . . a story with momentum and suspense.”
- The Toronto Star