Synopses & Reviews
Twelve-year-old Tracy-or Tuyet-has always felt different. The villagers in Vietnam called her con-lai, or half-breed, because her father was an American GI. And she doesn't fit in with her adoptive family in California, either. But when Tracy and a friend discover a soldier's dogtag hidden among her father's things, it sets her past and her present on a collision course. Where should her broken heart come to rest? In a time and place she remembers only in her dreams? Or among the people she now calls family? Partridge's sensitive portrayal of a girl and her family grappling with the complicated legacy of war is as timely today as the events were decades ago.
Half Vietnamese, half American, Tracys not sure she fits in with her family in California. But when she and her best friend find a soldiers dogtag, she is jarred by memories from her life in Vietnam, and the lingering anti-war sentiments that surround her today. Where is home when youre a child of war? Is it the country thats buried deep within your memories? Or is it the place you live, among the people you call family?
About the Author
ELIZABETH PARTRIDGE is the author of several award-winning books for young readers, including Marching to Freedom, This Land Was Made for You and Me, and John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. Elizabeth lives in California.www.elizabethpartridge.com