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Dogtag Summer by Elizabeth Partridge
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Tracy, a half-Vietnamese, half-Anglo war orphan, was placed in a Saigon orphanage when she was 6, transported to the US as part of Operation Babylift after the Vietnam War, and adopted by a loving couple in Northern California. During the summer before 6th grade, she and her best friend find a soldier's dogtag and Tracy begins a journey of slowly remembering her life before America, her Vietnamese mother, her grandmother, her village, her war. She realizes that her adoptive father has his own memories of being a soldier in Vietnam, memories he's tried to forget. She learns, and her adoptive parents learn, that bringing memories out into the open can foster all sorts of emotional growth.

Good book, historical fiction, probably 4th or 5th grade and up. This is going to be complicated reading for kids who aren't aware of the Vietnam war so parents, teachers, be ready to answer questions.
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