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  • 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Ada Public Library Y LAI (Text) 33500013127774 New Checked out 08/25/2020
Bagley Public Library Y LAI (Text) 33500013127782 New Available -
Thief River Falls Public Library ya LAI (Text) 35500006217747 Main Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780062229212
  • ISBN: 0062229214
  • Physical Description: 284 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2019]

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A Vietnam War refugee in Texas partners with a city boy with rodeo dreams to track down the younger brother she was separated from six years before when he was evacuated by American troops during the waning days of the Vietnam War.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 July #1
    *Starred Review* As she did in the Newbery Honor– and National Book Award–winning Inside Out and Back Again (2011), Lai tells the story of a Vietnamese refugee. Here the girl is 18-year-old Hang, who carries several secrets as she makes the perilous journey to family in Texas. One: in the waning days of the war, Hang handed over her five-year-old brother, Linh, at an airlift. Almost immediately, the 11-year-old realized her plan for both of them to be taken, with her unknowing parents to somehow follow, was stupid. Then her father dies, and her mother and grandmother spend the next six years planning to retrieve Linh. But when Hang does find Linh, now David, he has no desire for a relationship. Simultaneously, the story of LeeRoy is told: a well-to-do kid with dreams of becoming a cowboy, he becomes entangled with Hang and her family, forcing him to look outside his narrow desires. Hang's other secret is brilliantly and painfully disclosed, and throughout, the use of the Vietnamese language enhances the reality. There are a few hiccups in the plot that might pull readers out of the story, but Lai's beautiful storytelling quickly draws them back in. Her imagery awakens the senses, whether describing an earthmover as a "parched giraffe made of metal," or depicting the varying sweetness of Vietnamese fruit. Most powerful is the deep throb of regret and the thinnest wisps of hopefulness that Lai conveys throughout. They touch the soul. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Refugees > Texas > Juvenile fiction.
Vietnamese > Texas > Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Historical fiction.
Texas > Juvenile fiction.
Refugees > Texas > Fiction.
Vietnamese > Texas > Fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.
Historical fiction.
Refugees > Fiction.
Siblings > Juvenile fiction.
Family > Juvenile fiction.
Friendship > Juvenile fiction.
Siblings > Fiction.
Memory > Fiction.
Family life > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
Texas > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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