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An affecting sequel to Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War. Tuyet cannot believe her good fortune. Brought up in a Vietnamese orphanage and rescued from the invading North Vietnamese army, she has been adopted by a kind and loving family in Canada. Tuyet feels safe at last as she adjusts to a new language and unfamiliar customs. But polio has left her with ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Pajama Press
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Apr 24, 2014 Tam rated it really liked it
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Sep 12, 2016 Stacey rated it really liked it
The second book about Tuyet was as beautifully written as the first. In this title, we learn more about her life adjusting to her new family and home, as well as her surgeries for her leg. I would love to hear more about this young girl and her life.
Having been rescued as the North Vietnamese invaded her country, Tuyet has been adopted by a Canadian family. As she struggles to believe her good fortune and adjust to her new home and language, Tuyet also deals with the consequences of polio. This book, a sequel to Last Airlift, describes her surgery, the months of physical therapy, and the braces she wears to allow her to walk smoothly as well as be able to join other youngsters in play. There are several tender scenes that reveal her desire ...more
A slight, lackluster text diminishes this continuation of Tuyet's story. Rescued during an airlift as her country was being invaded and adopted by a Canadian family, Tuyet now faces surgery and physical therapy for her ankle, badly deformed by polio. The book doesn't totally stand alone, as readers must make some presumptions about some of her fears and don't learn until page 60-something the cause of her deformity. The straight-forward text doesn't pull readers in and leaves readers with ...more
Marissa Morrison
Jan 18, 2016 Marissa Morrison rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that my 5th graders fully liked this year. It's short, easy to grasp, and has a positive ending. The storytelling enables the reader to empathize with Tuyet, a Vietnamese girl who was crippled with polio and then got burned by a bomb during the war. Unable to handle her situation, Tuyet's mother dropped her off at an orphanage. All this is background for the story in this book, which covers Tuyet's happy life in a Canadian family that's a mix of natural born children and ...more
Penny Peck
May 09, 2013 Penny Peck rated it liked it
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A slight but memorable look at a Vietnamese girl, adopted by Canadians, and her treatment for polio. The brief nonfiction book is almost a memoir but written by a journalist who interviewed Tuyet. This is an additional episode in the life of the main focus of Last Airlift, by the same author and focusing on the same Vietnamese girl, concerning her rescue from the war and later adoption. Probably only of interest to those who have read the first book.
Erin Wood
Dec 31, 2013 Erin Wood rated it liked it
Keeping in mind that this is a book for pre-teens, this book gives the reader insight as to what it is like to be newly adopted in Canada, while facing the trials and tribulations of having lived with and then received medical attention for a physical disability that resulted from polio.
I might have enjoyed this book more if I had read the first book (Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War) first.
Heidi Gonzalez
Feb 13, 2013 Heidi Gonzalez rated it liked it
Tuyet was born in Vietnam and raised in an orphanage until a family in the US adopts her. Tuyet was stricken with polio which has left her leg weak and her foot twisted. She needs to have a series of operations to help her walk again and this is her story. Tuyet doesn’t speak English and is very scared about what is happening, but her parents find people to translate for her to help her along until she learns English. This is a story of bravery, love, and courage.
Mar 20, 2014 Hayley rated it it was amazing
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I love this book. A family that has adopted a little girl that didn't speak English. They taught her a few English words, showed her how to blow out candles on a birthday cake, and that she doesn't need to be afraid. This family has learned what it really means to be a family. It doesn't matter where you come from, all that matters is having each other.
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Marsha has received numerous awards and honours for her picture books and young adult novels, including a nomination for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year in 2007. Marsha has penned the bestselling Dear Canada book, Prisoners in the Promised Land.

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