January 8th, 2017
A hungry, stray dog is the last thing Cara Butter needs. Stranded in Georgia with only her backpack and a few dwindling dollars, she already has too much baggage. Like her twin sister, Hana, who has broken Cara’s heart one too many times. After a lifetime of family troubles, and bouncing from one foster home to another, Cara decides to leave it all behind and strike out alone—on foot.
Cara sets off to Florida to see the home of her literary hero, Ernest Hemingway, accompanied only by Hemi, the stray dog who proves to be the perfect travel companion. But the harrowing trip takes unexpected turns as strangers become friends who make her question everything, and Cara finds that as the journey unfolds, so does her life—in ways she could never imagine.
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.
The prequel to the beloved Tales of the Scavenger's Daughters series, The Palest Ink depicts Benfu's coming-of-age during the tumultuous years of the Cultural Revolution.
Kay Bratt is the author of eleven full-length novels and two children’s books. Her writing became her solace and support while she navigated a tumultuous childhood, followed by a decade of abuse as an adult. After working her way through the hard years, Kay came out a survivor and a pursuer of peace—and finally found the courage to share her stories.
As a child advocate, Kay spent a number of years volunteering in a Chinese orphanage, as well as provided assistance for several nonprofit organizations that support children in China, including An Orphan’s Wish (AOW), Pearl River Outreach, and Love Without Boundaries. In the US, she actively served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children in Georgia, as well as spear-headed numerous outreach programs for underprivileged children in the South Carolina area.
Kay currently lives on Amelia Island, in the Fernandina Beach area; a quaint seaside town that made #4 in the 2017 Coastal Living 'Happiest Coastal Towns in America' list.
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Historical Novel Society Reviews The Palest Ink
Blog Critics says this about The Palest Ink… If you enjoy history, revolution, courage, romance and family, then this will make a great work for your library. Kay Bratt has given us a work of intensity.
This would be a great work for a reading group with an amazing array of information for discussion.
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Fresh Fiction says THE PALEST INK is a beautiful, moving, gripping, mesmerizing story of ordinary people caught in extraordinary circumstances. It is a story of bravery and honor, of love and compassion, as well as growing up and taking chances. See full review here
Sometimes adoption isn’t always ladybugs and rainbows, and you need some help. A willing ear to listen to, some advice from one who’s been there, or just a sliver of hope that you’ll get through the difficult days. Below is a list of resources:
Yahoo Group 'Attach China'
This is a list for parents who have adopted children from China other countries who are experiencing attachment trauma issues, including sleep problems, severe separation anxiety, severe temper tantrums, oppositional behavior, etc.
Yahoo Group 'Daily Parenting Reflections'
Join other parents from around the world who are working to implement the Beyond Consequences model. You will find support and information here from other parents who "get it". The group has evolved into a wonderfully supportive, safe place for parents of challenging children to come for ideas, advice, reinforcement and kind words.
Facebook Closed Groups
(Must ask to be invited)
Surviving Reattachment Disorder
China’s Children International
Adopting Chinese Tweens/Teens
Women Affected by Adoption or Foster Care.
Meets every first Tuesday of the month in Peachtree City, GA.
First meeting September 1, 2015
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January 8th, 2017