House Without Walls

By: Ching Yeung Russell

Eleven-year-old Lam escapes from Vietnam with Dee Dee during the Vietnamese Boat People Exodus in 1979, when people from Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia fled their homelands for safety. For a refugee, the trip is a long and perilous one, filled with dangerous encounters with pirates and greedy sailors, a lack of food and water, and even the stench of a dead body onboard. When they finally arrive at a refugee camp, Lam befriends Dao, a girl her age who becomes like a sister-a welcome glimmer of happiness after a terrifying journey.
 
Readers will feel as close to Lam as the jade pendant she wears around her neck, sticking by her side throughout her journey as she experiences fear, crushing loss, boredom, and some small moments of joy along the way.
 
Written in verse, this is a heartfelt story that is sure to build empathy and compassion for refugees around the world escaping oppression.


Glossary. Map. Author’s note. Afterword by Lam Chan.

ISBN: 9781499808759

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Harsh realities of refugees’ situations, Death
Topics: Novels in verse , Brothers and sisters , Refugees , Boat people of Vietnam , Voyages and travels , History of Vietnam, 1971–1980 , Survival , Emigration and immigration

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–Lam is an 11-year-old Chinese Vietnamese girl who, along with her seven-year-old brother Dee Dee, becomes part of the Boat People Exodus in 1979 Vietnam. They are leaving behind their ma and ah mah to join their baba in America. Lam describes their harrowing journey, detailing their deteriorating conditions and daily fears on the boat, as well a –Lam is an 11-year-old Chinese Vietnamese girl who, along with her seven-year-old brother Dee Dee, becomes part of the Boat People Exodus in 1979 Vietnam. They are leaving behind their ma and ah mah to join their baba in America. Lam describes their harrowing journey, detailing their deteriorating conditions and daily fears on the boat, as well as their experiences at refugee camps in Malaysia and Indonesia. Readers will share the children’s emotional high and lows, and witness both the ugliness and beauty of humanity. Told in beautifully written verse from Lam’s perspective, this story is a combination of the real-life Lam’s journey, accounts told to the author by other refugees, and a bit of imagination. There is a map for context at the beginning of the book and a glossary, with several of those terms italicized throughout. A moving and thought-provoking picture of a refugee experience filled with both tragedy and hope.

Book Details

ISBN

9781499808759

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

336

Accelerated Reader

Level 0; Points: 0;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

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Level

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Yellow Jacket

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Harsh realities of refugees’ situations, Death

Topics

Novels in verse, Brothers and sisters, Refugees, Boat people of Vietnam, Voyages and travels, History of Vietnam, 1971–1980, Survival, Emigration and immigration,

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