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Children of the River (Laurel-Leaf contemporary fiction) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Aug 1999

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 213 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group (1 Aug. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440210224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440210221
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.6 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,088,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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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This book was a required reading for my 8th grade English class, and although I scoffed at first because I thought the boys wouldn't like the "romance" portion of the book, in the end, it was the boys who were truly hooked. In fact, the greatest joy in finishing the book was the fact that all of my students wanted to know WHAT HAPPENED TO SUNDARA AND JONATHAN? Did they live "happily ever after"? What happened to Sundara's family? Did Mayoury come to America? I told the students that this book was fiction but they were so tuned into the main characters that they wanted to know more. Some even wanted to write to Linda Crew and ask her to write an epilogue to the story! Any book that gets 8th grade boys into reading is a MUST read! Hats off to Linda Crew!
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I loved this book so much, next to Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, and the sequel to it, Chasing Redbird, Children of the River was my favorite book. I had to read it for school and usually I hate to be forced to read. I hate having a deadline, but I just could not put this book Down!!! I got burried so deep into it, I felt like I was there! I felt for the characters. The only complaint I had was that I wish that the author had given me a better ending! She left me hanging! I wanted to know more about what happened to her parents and sisters and brothers! I was left unfufilled and curious, and I was disappointed. In all other aspects though, I loved it!!!
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I will tell you the truth. I did not like the book at first. I was assigned it for a summer reading course in preparation for the 8th grade. But two years later i have actually sat down in my spare time to really read the book. I thouroghly enjoyed it this time. So give this book a chance. You may not put it down.
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Children of the River is truely a story of courage and faith. Sundara a Cambodian girl flees to America with her family in hopes of being secure and safe. Sundara soon learns that it isn't easy living in America and being respectful of her Cambodian customs. She finds herself in love with an American boy and knows that her family would never accept him because he was an American. She tries to tell her family that all that counts is what is in the heart. This story is mostly about a courageous girl and her struggles to fit in to America.
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The thing we liked most was how Sundara came from Cambodia and she turned on her family to be with Jonathon, the one she loved. She went against her religion just to be with Jonathon. We would like to read more of Linda Crew's books because we think she is a very good writer.The way she told the story made us belive we were really there. We would most definitly recommend this book to other people because it teaches you about life and religions of a diffrent culture.Don't judge this book by the cover. We didn't want to read it beacause of the title. But in the end we loved it!!
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By A Customer on 9 Dec. 1998
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This book is a well-writen romance that really makes you aware of cultural differences. It shows the difficulty in moving into another culture; being torn between old traditions and having a new beginning. Children of the River puts you in the heart and soul of the characters, letting you feel the way they do and experience what they are experiencing. All young readers can identify themselves through this romantic story dealing with cross-cultures.
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By A Customer on 10 Feb. 1997
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This is an excellent book about a Cambodian girl named Sundara who moves to Oregon to escape the Khmer Rouge. There, she meets a boy and falls in love with him. However, according to the Cambodian custom, she is not allowed to speak to boys. This book talks about Sundara's struggles to fit in at school.
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Children of the River was a wonderful, romantic novel. I couldn't put it down. In school, a group and i read this book. We got a further understanding of it by engaging in a deep discussion. So i say that this book RULES!!! YA!!
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