An unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of war
Over a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War. This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like more than 40,000 other orphans, is Amerasian a mixed-race child with little future in Vietnam. Escape from Saigon allows readers to experience Long's struggle to survive in war-torn Vietnam, his dramatic escape to America as part of "Operation Babylift" during the last chaotic days before the fall of Saigon, and his life in the United States as "Matt," part of a loving Ohio family. Finally, as a young doctor, he journeys back to Vietnam, ready to reconcile his Vietnamese past with his American present.
As the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, this compelling account provides a fascinating introduction to the war and the plight of children caught in the middle of it.
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)|
|Age Range:||10 - 14 Years|
About the Author
Andrea Warren 's own daughter is one of the 2,300 orphans rescued by Operation Babylift. She is the author of Surviving Hitler, a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book, and Orphan Train Rider, which received the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Nonfiction. She lives in Prairie Village, Kansas.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is Ms Warren's best book to date. As an adult reader previewing reading material for my young nieces and nephews, I feel this story is both compelling and exciting. I particularly like the way history and the culture of the area is woven into the main theme. For children who think they have a tough life, this is a must read. For those of us who have family or friends who fought in Vietnam, this gives a different perspective on the conflict. Today this book can clearly be related to the manner in which children all over the world must cope when their worlds are destroyed by war.
In the biography ¿Escape from Saigon How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy¿ written by Andrea Warren, published by Melanie Kroupa Books in 2004 a young Vietnamese boy named Long is left without anyone to properly care for him after his family is ravaged by the continuing battle between North and South Vietnam. Long¿s American father leaves him around the age of two to be cared for by his mother who becomes increasingly depressed and eventually commits suicide. His maternal grandmother decides to take him to the city of Saigon where she hopes he will receive less backlash for his multicultural background. It becomes increasingly difficult for his elderly grandmother to support the two of them and so she decides to sign Long into an orphanage, the Holt Center, in hopes that he will be placed into an adoptive family that can properly care for him. At the Holt Center Long is given food and shelter along with education and friendship. During the Vietnam War many families were displaced and children left to fend for themselves. This is a touching true story about the struggle of a remarkable boy and the staff members that helped him and others as the North Vietnamese surrounded them they worked to have the children airlifted out of the city and into the safety of home in places like America and Australia. This book is recommended for grade levels from about fifth grade to eighth. It is written at a level that is easy to follow and pleasant. It steers around the disturbing details of the horrors suffered at the time. This is appropriate due to the fact that the memories of Saigon that Long shares are told from a child¿s perspective of the time. In writing from this point of view the story line becomes more accessible to middle school aged children. It deals openly with concepts like prejudice. Young teens will be able to relate to wanting to blend or fit in.
Oh. well, this book affect me a lot. Because I am Vietnamese, and I do know about war. And yes! I hate the communists of North Vietnam "vietcong" It hurt me when I look at those picture that the author provided. My tears almost come out when I read line by line when the author described the way children was hurt and been abandoned.