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House Without Walls



by
Ching Yeung Russell

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Little Bee Books
Imprint
Yellow Jacket
ISBN
9781499808759
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Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life, Violence: Death
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Eleven-year-old Lam escapes from Vietnam with Dee Dee during the Vietnamese Boa 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.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life, Violence: Death

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

336

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Dewey

F

AR

5: points 4

Lexile

750L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

9

JLG Release

Oct 2019

Book Genres


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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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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School Library Journal

–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.

Praise & Reviews

School Library Journal

–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.

Grades 5-8
Realistic Fiction Middle Plus
For Grades 5-8

This 14-book category features stories with relatable characters that portray believable contemporary or historical real-life experiences.

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