Children of the River (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1999
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* "A powerful first novel....A book to change readers' eyes and hearts."-- Pointer, "Kirkus Reviews"
* "Crew salutes the basic goodness of humankind which triumphs in some way even under the most inhumane circumstances."-- Starred, "School Library Journal"
"A moving look at the way in which a survivor of a great tragedy, having confronted overwhelming changes in her life, faces young adulthood." -- "Publishers Weekly"
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Grades 7 and up
Sundara fled Cambodia with her aunt's family to escape the Khmer Rouge army when she was thirteen, leaving behind her parents, her brother and sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child.
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Now, four years later, she struggles to fit in at her Oregon high school and to be "a good Cambodian girl" at home. A good Cambodian girl never dates; she waits for her family to arrange her marriage to a Cambodian boy. Yet Sundara and Jonathan, an extraordinary American boy, are powerfully drawn to each other. Haunted by grief for her lost family and for the life left behind, Sundara longs to be with him. At the same time she wonders, Are her hopes for happiness and new life in America disloyal to her past and her people?
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I liked this book very much. It was very sad and romantic at the same time. I am also Cambodian but I did not know of the culture (because I was born in America) until I read... Read morePublished on 8 Mar. 1999
I was recommended to read this book by a beautiful Cambodian girl. I read it within 2 days. It showed how American and Camodian cultures are different and how young immigrants... Read morePublished on 5 Nov. 1998
This is one of my favorite books!!! It is very similar to my life, so I enjoyed this book a lot!!! It is full of emotion and is not a very hard book to read. Read morePublished on 30 May 1998
I got this book in a bookstore in Virginia when I was visiting. My mother pointed it out to me, and to say the truth, at first I didn't pay much attention to it. Read morePublished on 25 May 1998
I loved this book. I am in 11th grade now, and I read this book when I was in middle school. It touched me then and still does today. I would recomend it to anyone especaily girls.Published on 25 Feb. 1998
From the china-doll haircut of the girl on the cover, to the typical white-boy & Asian-girl relationship, the book reeked of colonialism. Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 1998