Struck a Chord with Me
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I really enjoyed this little volume of free verse about a 10 y.o. girl whose family leaves Saigon in the tumult of 1975 and starts a new life in a small town in Alabama. I think my 10 y.o. daughter and older kids should like it, too, especially girls. It combines a lot of big happenings (the evacuation, desperation on a ship, refugee camp, racism) with personal issues (Ha's annoyance at her older brothers, friends and bullies at school, her thoughts about American food).