Weeping Under This Same Moon

Weeping Under This Same Moon

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by Jana Laiz
     
 

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Weeping Under This Same Moon, by Jana Laiz is the three time award winning novel, based on the true story of two teenage girls from different cultures, whose paths intertwine, dramatically altering the course of their lives. Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus

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Weeping Under This Same Moon, by Jana Laiz is the three time award winning novel, based on the true story of two teenage girls from different cultures, whose paths intertwine, dramatically altering the course of their lives. Mei is an artist whose life has been disrupted by the Vietnam War. Her anguished parents send her away on a perilous escape during the exodus of thousands of Vietnamese refugees known as "Boat People." In Mei's words we learn of the dangers she faces caring for her two younger siblings on a sea journey fraught with hunger, thirst and deprivation, leaving behind everything she loves, to find refuge for her family.

Hannah is an angry seventeen-year-old American high school student. Friendless, neurotic, a social misfit - her passion for writing and the environment only intensify her outcast state. Through Hannah's voice, we get inside her head, there to discover a gentle soul beneath all the anger and turmoil. When Hannah learns of the plight of the "Boat People," she is moved to action.

Destiny brings Mei and Hannah together in a celebration of cultures and language, food and friendship, and the ultimate rescue of both young women from their own despair. Weeping Under This Same Moon is a testament to the power of love and the spirit of volunteerism; affirming that doing for others does so much for one's self..

Weeping Under This Same Moon won Gold Medal in ForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award for the best in Young Adult Fiction

The International Reading Association IRA has named Weeping Under This Same Moon a Notable Book for 2009.

Arts Reach Alliance - Valley Reads Selection for 2010

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Rebecca C. Moore
In 1977 Vietnam, nineteen-year-old Mei and her family of Chinese descent are forced to flee the persecution of the new Communist government. The first to escape are Mei and two of her siblings. Becoming Boat People, they endure horrific hardship, danger, and sorrow before receiving asylum in New York City. There they anxiously await word from the rest of the family and try to navigate their strange new world. Meanwhile seventeen-year-old Hannah is an outcast and misfit at her high school - an anorexic Jewish social activist in a world of pot-addled Grateful Dead fans. When she first learns of the Boat People, she wants to help and finds her niche in befriending Mei's family and other Vietnamese refugees. This earnest book is based on true incidents and people but unfortunately suffers from a too-close adherence to the facts. The plot is too loosely structured and lacks a definitive climax. Hannah's story in particular rambles through multiple disconnected episodes, telling rather than showing her life. Her flat, choppy tone feels disconnected as well and, combined with her endless negativity, might alienate readers. Mei's story is by far the more powerful and will pierce readers' hearts, although it loses steam after the family's arrival in New York because not a lot happens other than meeting Hannah. In addition, the book's message, although heartfelt and important, is far from subtle. Buy where there is interest in social activism, refugees, and the plight of the Boat People. Reviewer: Rebecca C. Moore
VOYA - Hanna Preisinger
This heartrending story really rings true and is impossible to ignore, especially since it's based on real events. The characters are particularly strong - resilient Mei, rebellious Hannah, or any of the others - and readers will find someone to whom they can relate. The beginning is not exactly bedtime reading, however, and despite the happy ending, the whole book is rather dark. The popularity rating goes down because some readers might prefer a more light-hearted story. Reviewer: Hanna Preisinger, Teen Reviewer

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780981491004
Publisher:
Crow Flies Press
Publication date:
05/01/2008
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
13 Years

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Meet the Author

Jana Laiz has been writing for as long as she can remember. She wrote her first novel at age 6: Fuzzy Wuzzy Rabbit. She is the author of the triple Award Winning novel, Weeping Under This Same Moon, Elephants of the Tsunami, written to raise money for tsunami relief, and the co-author of "A Free Woman On God's Earth, The True Story of Elizabeth "Mumbet" Freeman, The Slave Who Won Her Freedom". Fascinated by other cultures, Jana studied anthropology and Chinese language at University. She is a teacher, a writer, an editor, a publisher, a photographer, a mom, an animal lover and keeper of pets,

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