Song of the Buffalo Boy

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When American soldiers departed Vietnam, many left children behind—like seventeen-year-old Loi, whose fellow villagers ostracize her because she is con-lai, a half-breed and a reminder of her country’s tragic civil war. Only Khai, a young buffalo tender, shows her love and respect. Promised in an arranged marriage to a cruel older man, Loi flees to Ho Chi Minh City. Along with thousands of others, she applies for the chance to leave for the United States through the Amerasian Homecoming ...

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Overview

When American soldiers departed Vietnam, many left children behind—like seventeen-year-old Loi, whose fellow villagers ostracize her because she is con-lai, a half-breed and a reminder of her country’s tragic civil war. Only Khai, a young buffalo tender, shows her love and respect. Promised in an arranged marriage to a cruel older man, Loi flees to Ho Chi Minh City. Along with thousands of others, she applies for the chance to leave for the United States through the Amerasian Homecoming Program, and faces the most important decision of her life: Should she leave her beloved country, her family, and her gentle, loving Khai?
     Includes a reader’s guide, an author’s note, and a glossary of Vietnamese words.

Shunned and mistreated because of her mixed heritage, and determined to avoid an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Loi runs away to Ho Chi Minh City with the hope that she and the boy she loves will be able to go to the United States to find her American father.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Packed with vivid details of village and city life as well as Vietnamese culture . . . Eye-opening.”—The Horn Book

“A compelling coming-of-age novel.”—School Library Journal


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152000981
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 4/28/1994
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 572,735
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 4.19 (w) x 6.88 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

SHERRY GARLAND is the author of many award-winning novels and picture books, including Indio, The Last Rainmaker. She lives in central Texas. www.sherrygarland.com

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2004

    5 stars are not enough!!!

    What a powerful story! Before this book I had never read a book about Vietnam or the war (I'm not a fan of war stories) but this book just captured me and wouldn't let go. Loi is my hero, she defined tradition to get something she wanted and needed, to find her American father and the marry the man of her dreams. Joe will make you laugh Loi and Khai will make you cry (in a good way), and an ending that will catch you by suprise. If you want to read a truly heartwarming story with a romantic twist read Song of the Buffalo Boy, it will make you laugh, cry and do it all over again.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2011

    Good Book!!!!!

    you have to read this book. it will make you cry, laugh, and smile. im vietnamese so i no all about the tragic war that my home country had gone through. so read it!!

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  • Posted December 21, 2009

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    'Song of the Buffalo Boy' is an extraordinary book that will have readers staying up until 2:00 in the morning to finish!

    A remarkable story of love in the face of bi-racial prejudice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2004

    This book is so cooool !

    I have lived in Vietnam for over 15 years (I'm Vietnamese). I have never thought that there is a book about Vietnam written by a foreigner. Of course the story in the book happened long time ago and many things has changed since then. I feel so proud of my country to have such people like Loi, Khai and Joe. This book is a must-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2003

    A touching story

    Have you ever wondered how it was for children with American fathers but lived in Vietnam? Well here is a story of a young girl you won¿t forget who fought her way through the ignorance and found her true self in this heroic story. The heroine of our story is Loi. All her life Loi has been tagged a con-loi or half-breed. The only one who seems to accept her is her beloved Buffalo Boy, Khai. He is the only one who accepts her strangely round eyes or her dangling curls, and also stands up for her when villagers call her the crude name con-loi. Then Loi gets the dream that comes only once in a lifetime for people like her, a chance to leave all her worries and the name-callers behind and leave for America, where she can find her father. Will she choose to go to America and live the life that she could have had? Or leave the only life she ever knew, her beloved Khai and mother? Loi faces these choices and in her own way triumphs. Read Song of the Buffalo Boy, a read you will never forget, about a girl who was faced with a choice and conquered.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    :: LOVED IT ::

    Omg! the book was soooooooooooo good! I am a vietnamese girl myself and I came to appreciate Vietnam more. I wasn't born there. I was born in New London, Connecticut. My parents were born in Saigon and after reading the book, it changed how I look at the place. I live here in the good ol' Los Angeles, California. Sherry Garland is the best author out there! She showed me what its really like living there and how the people there felt. It gives a good picture of how the places are like and what people do. I totally cried at the end of the book! Sherry Garland is the best of the best!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2002

    this is a good book

    this is a good book, i had just finished reading 'rice without rain' by minfong ho and i was kind of on an asian thing so i took all my class time to find another asian book, i was crawling around on the floor looking for one, and i saw song of the buffalo boy, and i was like 'iight ill try this' i got home that night and couldnt but it down!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2000

    Song of the Buffalo Boy

    This book was the best book I've read in a long time.It was one of those books where you feel like you're involved or watching what's happening.Besides,it was interesting b/c I found it in a small library or shelf at the Kumo math & reading center.It had a little Veitnamese in it so that's what hooked me.cause I new some of the words.It may not seem interesting at first,but then when I started to read it,it was heart touching.

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