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Awards

2011 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature

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Publisher Comments:

No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.

For all the ten years of her life, HÀ has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her very own papaya tree.

But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. HÀ and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. In America, HÀ discovers the foreign world of Alabama: the coldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of its landscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.

This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.

Review:

"Narrating in sparse free-verse poems, 10-year-old Hà brings a strong, memorable voice to the immigrant experience as her family moves from war-torn South Vietnam to Alabama in 1975. First-time author Lai, who made the same journey with her family, divides her novel into four sections set in Vietnam, 'At Sea,' and the last two in Alabama. Lai gives insight into cultural and physical landscapes, as well as a finely honed portrait of Hà's family as they await word about Hà's POW father and face difficult choices (awaiting a sponsor family, '...Mother learns/ sponsors prefer those/ whose applications say ‘Christians.'/ Just like that/ Mother amends our faith,/ saying all beliefs/ are pretty much the same'). The taut portrayal of Hà's emotional life is especially poignant as she cycles from feeling smart in Vietnam to struggling in the States, and finally regains academic and social confidence. A series of poems about English grammar offer humor and a lens into the difficulties of adjusting to a new language and customs ('Whoever invented English/ should be bitten/ by a snake'). An incisive portrait of human resilience. Ages 8 — 12. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

About the Author

Thanhha Lai was born in Vietnam and moved to Alabama at the end of the war. She lives in New York City with her family.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061962783
Author:
Lai, Thanhha
Publisher:
HarperCollins
Subject:
Immigrants
Subject:
Vietnamese Americans
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
People & Places - Asia
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Emigration and Immigration
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20110222
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 3 to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
12 x 9 in 48.96 oz
Age Level:
08-12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Narrating in sparse free-verse poems, 10-year-old Hà brings a strong, memorable voice to the immigrant experience as her family moves from war-torn South Vietnam to Alabama in 1975. First-time author Lai, who made the same journey with her family, divides her novel into four sections set in Vietnam, 'At Sea,' and the last two in Alabama. Lai gives insight into cultural and physical landscapes, as well as a finely honed portrait of Hà's family as they await word about Hà's POW father and face difficult choices (awaiting a sponsor family, '...Mother learns/ sponsors prefer those/ whose applications say ‘Christians.'/ Just like that/ Mother amends our faith,/ saying all beliefs/ are pretty much the same'). The taut portrayal of Hà's emotional life is especially poignant as she cycles from feeling smart in Vietnam to struggling in the States, and finally regains academic and social confidence. A series of poems about English grammar offer humor and a lens into the difficulties of adjusting to a new language and customs ('Whoever invented English/ should be bitten/ by a snake'). An incisive portrait of human resilience. Ages 8 — 12. (Mar.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
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