Written by Thanhha Lai
Published by HarperCollins
In the final days of the Vietnam War, Hang takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms–and Hang is left behind in the war-torn country. Six years later, Hang has made the brutal journey from Vietnam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn’t know how she will find the little brother who was taken from her until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her. Hang is overjoyed when she reunites with Linh. But when she realizes he doesn’t remember her, their family, or Vietnam, her heart is crushed. Though the distance between them feels greater than ever, Hang has come so far that she will do anything to bridge the gap.
Primary ISBN: 9780062229212
Available As: Hardcover, Paperback, Audiobook
Young Adult, Age 13 or older
Community Represented: Vietnamese/Vietnamese American
Themes: Cross-Group Friendship, Family Relationship: Siblings, Family Separation: Living with Other Family or Friends, Family Separation: On Journey, Historical, Refugee Journey, Refugee: War/Conflict
Setting: United States
Character’s New Arrival/New American Status: Refugee
Book Creator(s) Connection to the Community Represented: Own Voices/Lived Experience
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