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Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
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Jan 15, 2012

it was amazing
Read in January, 2012

I never had to experience the immigrant / refugee experience, but I personally know people who escaped from Laos to Thiland refugee camps and then to the U.S. In this story, Vonlai and his family have to leave the only home he has ever known to escape the Communist Pathet Lao government. It was hard for Vonlai to keep up his spirits with a few grains of rice a day, filthy, cramped living quarters and always being under the watch of corrupt guards. His story of survival kept me turning pages to see if his family made it out. His experience is similar to many Lao immigrants in Mountain Lake. This book should be required reading for junior high and older students in our school!
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