Escaping the Tiger
Caught in the crossroads of history, can a boy keep his hope--and his sister--alive?
Vonlai knows that soldiers who guard the Mekong River shoot at anything that moves, but in oppressive Communist Laos, there's nothing left for him, his spirited sister, Dalah, and his desperate parents. Their only hope is a refugee camp in Thailand—on the other side of the river.
Escaping the Tiger is set in the 1980s. It is the story o...more
"I know," Vonlai answered. "I hate it, too, but we won't be here forever."
"How do you know? Jun's been here since she was ten. That's almost four years, Little Brother. Four years! She doesn't even talk about getting out anymore."
Stuck in limbo, an in-between camp of the unwanted. That's where Vonlai and his family have found themselves. They fled their homeland of Laos because they doubted their chan...more
The author will hook many rea...more
This book made me think abou...more
Twelve-year-old Vonlai wakes up when his father shakes him and says, “We’re crossing tonight.” Vonlai and his family paddle, then swim for safety across the Mekong river from communist Laos into Thailand. As Laotians say, “Escaping the tiger to face the crocodile.” The refugee situation in Thailand leaves Vonlai and his family in fear for his sis...more
ESCAPING THE TIGER is a slow close-up on the characters’ emotions as they go through their refugee experience. That means that if you’re looking for a fast-paced, plot-driven story, you won’t find it here. Vonlai’s time in the refuge...more
This is the kind of book I wish I'd had as a kid and the kind of book all kids will enjoy. A wonderful debut.
Manivong is married to a man whose story inspired this one, so I expect that her depiction of protagonist Vonlai's thoughts and psychology is accurate, though it seemed closer to Western psyc...more
Made me very grateful for this country. And for the baked chicken I ate for dinner last night. And the meat I ate the night before that, and the night before that...