House Without Walls
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.
JLG Release: Oct 2019
Praise & Reviews
Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:
Booklist, School Library Journal
School Library Journal
8 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Level 5; Points: 4;
Scholastic Reading Counts
Level 4.6; Points: 9;
Potentially Sensitive Areas
Social Issue: Harsh Realities of Life, Violence: Death
Novels in verse, Brothers and sisters, Refugees, Boat people of Vietnam, Voyages and travels, History of Vietnam, 1971–1980, Survival, Emigration and immigration,