Publication Date: February 2, 2011
No one would believe me but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama.My Review: This novel is written in poetry so this will be a pretty quick review. This is heart warming story of a young girl who moves from Saigon to 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.
HA is not your typical heroine. She comes from a war filled background. This is her journey to America on a crowded ship with her mother, and 3 brothers. If I was on a ship moving someplace I knew nothing about, I would not be very happy. Ha doesn't mind though because she knows she is going someplace better where she can be free.
When she starts going to her new school in Alabama, things seem fine until kids start making fun of her for her hair and clothes. She doesn't understand why so she tells one of her older brothers. Her brother starts to teach her some moves so they'll be scared but she won't hurt them.
So, that was a really bad review but I read it about 2 or 3 weeks ago I think and I am just getting around to typing up a review. Just go check this out and see how awesome it is for yourself!
*P.S. Things have been crazy here on the blog lately but everything will resume back to normal on Sunday for In My Mailbox.