Pen Pal is a beautiful story about two unlikely pen pals who become strong friends and help each other in tragedy. 12 year old Emlee Baptiste is a child from Mermaid's Hands, a village of floating boats off the Gulf Coast. She writes a letter, places it in a bottle and releases it into the sea - where it makes it way to Kaya, a courageous 24 year old who is imprisoned over a volcano for peacefully defending her religion and cultural beliefs.
Kaya belongs to a struggling racial minority from the fictional nation of W-, an island in Indonesia. Both Kaya and Em teach each other about their beautiful traditions, cultures and religions.
I loved the examination of different religions - Em's Seafather, and Kaya's fierce Lady of Ruby Lake. Also had great joy and satisfaction in reading about the clever trickster heroes from Em's culture, such as Vaillant and Sabelle Morning.
Pen Pal can be deeply loved and treasured by anyone of any age. I know I won't be forgetting it any time soon.
This is a thoughtful and empathic story on love, family, friendship, religion, and multiculturalism. Warmly recommended!
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1651 KB
- Print Length: 354 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1494264633
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I8XDHLA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 13 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,076,611 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)