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Children of the River Children of the River

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""The approach I take with my writing is to have my work reflect real life, and yet be shaped into the best story possible. I feel that a powerful piece of fiction can often convey an emotional truth more compellingly than a strictly factual version.""--Linda Crew
Linda Crew is a recipient of the IRA Children's Book Award and the Golden Kite Award, and her books have been...more
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Published January 21st 2009 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published 1989)
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I have no idea why my teacher made me read this. It's like twilight and a Cambodian history book mixed. Like WTF?! Apparently Jonathan is perfect and apparently the girl is as well. ALL the boys loveeee her even though she is poor and can't speak proper English. And what is with the aunt? Like even though I don't like the girl but why are you blaming her for your laziness and weakness? You're the mother you should have been taking care of the dam thing! O yah and of course there has to be a mean...more
I didn't like this book. We read it in our language arts class and I despised having to read it every day. The plot is drawn out and boring and her aunt is really weird. I would not recommend this book.
Children of the river by Linda Crew is another book with an immigration theme. The main character Sundara leaves Cambodia with her aunts family to escape the communist Khmer Rouge army and heads to the U.S. She is only thirteen and she leaves behind family including her parents, her brother, sister, and a boy she has cared about since she was young. She constantly struggles to fit in at her high school in Oregon, but at the same time, she struggles to keep some of her Cambodian traditions that...more
Children of the river by linda crew is a book That takes place in the 70s about a Cmbodian refuge girl fleeing from the kamer roge to america. Her name is Sundara and she left both her parents behind and leving with her aunt uncle and cousins to get on a crowdwed cargo boat, filled with hundereds of other refugies. With hardly anny food or water on the crowded boat sundaras aunt Soka asks her to take care of her baby on the boat. Unable to find anny food for the baby sundara is forced to throgh...more
Allison Chan

First of all, there's FORBIDDEN ROMANCE, one of the most cliche, overused topics nowadays. And even worse, it's written so terribly that I can't stand it! And it has to work in the end! Why can't authors write tragic ends or something?!

Secondly, it's the whole I-came-from-another-country-and-meet-some-popular-guy-who-likes-me. Oh. My. Freaking. God. There's like the smallest of chances that that'll happen. Seriously. If I was the new kid, every single popular guy would...more
"Children of the River" tells the story of Sundara. A young Cambodian girl, she is staying with her aunt and uncle when the Khmer Rouge sweep to power and she has to flee to America. Sundara has to find a way to live in a new culture, and deal with meeting an American boy she likes but that her family disapproves of, without having any news about her loved ones back in Cambodia.

Story-wise this book is very interesting, and you do learn a lot about immigrant life in the USA in the 1970s. I also...more
Esther Stella
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I swear I only read this because I found it on my bookshelf after the move and had nothing else. The Cambodian inmigrant falling in love with the high school football star was entertaining, but seriously... That's what I get for reading young adult's novels.

Children of the River was a remarkable read that I will remember for years to come. Sundara, her aunt, her uncle and cousin flee Cambodia and the communist regime for safety. Oregon becomes their new terretory where they will adapt to the American ways. However, when Sundara's heart falls for the all-American football player Jonathan, she must choose between her customs and love. Her aunt places a hard hand on her shoulder which impacts her decisions greatly. She uses guilt and loy...more
Liza Centeio
Oct 02, 2008 Liza Centeio rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: my aunt
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I just finished reading this book which is called Children Of The River whos author is Linda Crew. This book is fiction. You may not automaticaly pick this up when your reading it but this book has several themes. The themes that I picked up were families, the individual vs. society, race(culture), and romance. Your probably wondering how could a book have so much themes but It's possible just like this one.
I randomly choose this book off my teachers shelf so I can have an i...more
Children of the River is about a girl named Sundara who has moved to America to escape the war. She had to leave her family behind and went to live with her aunt and uncle. But when she meets an American boy at school, her new family does not like it. Sundara's main external conflict is the war going on in her homeland, her main internal conflict is that she has to choose between her families wishes and the boy she loves.
In the book I noticed many connections, One of them was a text to self c...more
Linda Crew’s Children of the River explores divides. Political, religious, cultural, and generational chasms guide us from war-torn Cambodia over to the calm of 1970s America. This particular story is not one I’ve read too much of in children’s/young adult literature (this book, I believe, could be in either category), and is not a particularly exciting read. It’s a rather introspective one—one children all across the world could access and identify with. For, it speaks to the difference of iden...more
This book isn’t perfect, that’s for sure. There are some sluggish sections, but I think that Crew wanted the reader to recognize those parts and from that perspective, those parts do contributes to the story. I’ve never been a big fan of that kind writing but whatever, it’s not an illogical conclusion to draw. But other than those bits I quite liked this book. I suppose it’s classified as a ‘young-adults’ book, but when I read this a long time ago I had no idea who the communists or the Khmer Ro...more
Imagine having to leave your family to a new country that is on the opposite side of the world. This is was happened to a young girl, Sundara Sovann, in Children of the River. The author Linda Crew writes about Sundara's life in America, after escaping the war torn county of Cambodia at the age of 13 because of the Khmer Rouge attack on her homeland. Sundara had to leave her parents, friends, siblings and Chamreoun - the boy she loved.
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Patrick Peterson
Jun 24, 2012 Patrick Peterson rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Zelda Zara
Recommended to Patrick by: St. Andrews School 8th grade English
This book was on my son's summer reading list for going in to 8th grade. My wife read it and loved it. Arthur is almost finished with it and is enjoying it. I was totally captivated and so psyched that my son's English teacher required it. What a happy surprise.

1. Horror of communism - hinted and explicit - throughout the book. Perhaps understated in the details, but that still came across very powerfully

2. Difficulty of emigration & immigration

3. Cushy, shallow concerns of most non-i...more
Children of the River
Children of the River is by Linda Crew and was published in 1989. This story takes place in Cambodia in 1975. If this story took place long long ago it would be a little different because there wouldn't be airplanes that can hold a lot of passengers safely, so they couldn't take the people in Cambodia to America. Also if it took place about right now, then there could be more planes to take people out of Cambodia to America.
The things I liked about this book is how Sundar...more
Title of book: Children of the river

Author: Linda Crew

This is a book about a girl name Sundara and she was visating her aunt and uncle. But then they get a new govermant and everyone is leaving the city. Sundara and her aunt and uncle and cousiens go on a boat to america. 4 years pass and she lives in Oregan with out any note or letter that her parents are alive. Or the bot she youes to like.

She then meats a boy name Janothan. He is american and her aunt doesn't like the americans. Jo...more
Taya  Kennedy
Children of the River, written by award winning author Linda Crew, is a compelling story about a young girl named Sundara who is forced to flee her Cambodian home, to live in all too different America. As Sundara grows older, she watches the disasters of the Vietnam, and what it is doing to her country. During her early years in America, Sundara thinks it will be easy to maintain her cultures and traditions, but finds it difficult when she finds herself falling in love with a handsome young Amer...more
"Children of the River" by Linda Crew is themed around refugees. Sundara has escaped from Cambodia, barely with her own life, and now she doesn't know where her family is. As a result, she moved to Oregon with her aunt. As you live with Sundara in the third person format, you see what a difficulty being a refugee can be. As Sundara struggles with her former culture, and her American opportunity, she meets Jonathan, which makes things even worse. They are both so attracted to each other, but he i...more
Josh Stoll
Review: I enjoyed reading this book. It's not exactly the best-written book I've ever read, but the themes-- immigration, fitting in, interracial romance-- can be heady and its consideration of them are complex, particularly for a young adult novel. The writing can trip up the themes, though, as it's a bit too simplistic in plot, and even a bit dangerous in its consideration of love-- I picture the end scene of The Graduate whenever Sundara and Jonathan talked about love.
Plot: The story is about...more
Allie Brown
This book follow a young girl who is forced to evacuate Cambodia with her aunt and uncle and cousins, leaving behind her own immediate family and crush. As she adjusts to life in America so does her extended family. Sundara is caught between life as a teenage refugee from her home land and life as an American teenager. She is forced to juggle between the traditions of her family and the new "bold" ways of American culture. Sundara finds love in the high school football star, Jonathon McKinnon......more
Emilie W
Sundara is a young Cambodian refugee that's adopted into her extended family after fleeing from their wartorn homeland. What she must leave behind is her family, her country, and her sweetheart. In America, she suffers from the pull between her Cambodian and American cultures. Readers will identify with her responsibilities as a young person growing up including her feelings of guilt, isolation, and anxiety. In this book, I could really appreciate the historical context and the reality of Sundar...more
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Kristine Kouba
Plot summary: The main character's family has fled from Cambodia to the United States. They wanted to escape the war, killings, and horror taking place in their country. This story shows how the Sundara, the main character adjusts to life in America

Main Characters: Sundara - long black hair, shy, teenager, learned French first, now is trying to learn English. In high school, wants to fit in, wants to adjust well to American traditions/ways, but wants and is pressured to stay true to her family's...more
Kara Danielsen
1)The communists were killing people in Cambodia and ran families out of the country including Sundara with her Aunt Soka, Uncle Naro, Cousins Ravy and Pon, and Grandmother. They arrived in Oregon where they would have to start their life all over and get accustom to the new traditions as well as integrate their own. Sundara, the main character, falls in love with a boy but according to her customs, she is not allowed to speak to him. She struggles with this as well as not seeing her family agai...more
How would you like to be whisked away one night without your parents or knowing where your going? Then come to find out your going to a totally different country and all your friends and family are being killed by the second. This is what happened to Sandara, a Khmer girl from Cambodia, in the book "Children of the River" by Linda Crew. She is now a Junior in High school 4 years later and nothing has changed, things are still just as hard.

If trying to find new friends and fitting into a new cu...more
This story is set during the reign of the Khmer Rouge (think Brown Shirts, but in Cambodia) and Sundara's family is one of a number of families in her village that are being targeted. Panicked, they gather together everyone they can find RIGHT NOW, and board a boat that is going somewhere else. They know virtually nothing about what is about to happen.

Crucial events happen on this voyage that will color their experience as a family in the new world. I won't give too much away; even adults can en...more
One of my colleagues recommended this book to me after I mentioned that I tend to enjoy books about refugees, immigration, and the minority experience. This is a wonderful book--the characters are great and it was a pleasure to read a little about the cultural differences between Americans and the Khmer people. I also feel that young adults who read this know can better understand the plight of today's refugees. I highly recommend it.

Children of the River is about a thirteen-year-old girl named...more
Children of The River is about a girl named Sundara who immigrated to Portland, Oregon, USA to escape the Khmer Rouge army. She left her parents, her brother, sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child. Sundara struggles to find her place between being a Cambodian and being an American, especially in her new school. When she met an American boy named Jonathan, her life was quite changed. Jonathan and Sundara eventually found themselves falling in love with each other. However, thing...more
Children of the River a captivating novel written by the award-winning author Linda Crew, is about Sundara a 16-year-old Cambodian girl who is forced to leave her beloved country and entire family because of the Khmer Rouge (A Communist Party). As she begins to start her new life in America with her aunt’s family, she never imagined falling in love with an American boy. Not only does she teach him, that there is more to a person than what meets the eye, he makes her see the world in a new light...more
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