by Thanhha Lai
This book is about a 10-year old girl named Hà who lives in Vietnam with her mom, three older brothers, and a beloved papaya tree. There is a war going on and Hà's dad went missing in action while fighting in the war 9 years ago. When the war reaches their home they are forced to flee, and Hà is forced to leave the papaya tree which she grew from a tiny seed and nurtured for most of her life. Hà and her family flee to America and settle in Alabama where they live in the basement of a cowboy hat-wearing man and his wife who hates them. Hà faces a lot of challenges in America such as bullies, bad food, and patronizing teachers.
This book is funny and heart-touching. One cool thing I liked about this book is that it is written in free verse (but it doesn't feel like you are reading a poem).
I recommend this book to everyone.
For more information on this book and its author, check out: Harper Collins.
Rating: 5 out of 5 worms
Interest Level: Grades 3 to 7
Reading Level: 5.3