(From the publisher):
To fulfill his goal of becoming a government official, the scholarly Chen must first pass the difficult government examinations, held in the Forbidden City in far-off Beijing. To honor his promise to his dead mother, the worldly-wise Hong must accompany Chen on the journey, protecting him from the dangers of travel. Their united purpose underscores how, even in sixteenth-century China, brothers can be as different from each other as night and day.
Original title: The Examination
Genre: Fiction→ Children & Young Adult→ Historical Fiction→ Asia