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Dec 10, Ashrita Sujan rated it it was amazing.

Escape from Saigon

This book was such an amazing book, had my emotions going up and down, up and down. Lots of sadness and petty for the people left in saigon during the war. After reading this book I actually learnt about how much terror the little kids and adults of vietnam had gone through. Before reading this book I never knew that there was a war in vietnam at any time point, but now, after reading this book I not only know that there was a war in vietnam but also know how much terror so many people were facing This book was such an amazing book, had my emotions going up and down, up and down.

Before reading this book I never knew that there was a war in vietnam at any time point, but now, after reading this book I not only know that there was a war in vietnam but also know how much terror so many people were facing during the time period of this war. Definately recommend this book as it reminds you about how lucky you are, that you were not in vietnam or part of the war during this terrible time period.

Loved the book. Nov 29, Sage rated it it was amazing. He was an extremely poor kid growing up in a very poor country this story tells his very interesting path to become the person he is today, a doctor in Indiana. I found this book very interest it gave lots of information about Vietnam and really gave you a very good picture of what life was like there.

Overall this book was great and I would strongly recommend it.

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Dec 17, Ethan rated it liked it Shelves: grade I thought the book had a great order of events that all seemed to lead up to a big climax of the story but I felt it never really happened. The first half of the story seemed to really be written like an exciting NNF book while the second part seemed rather boring and more factual.

Overall the book still showed the choices and struggles of an orphan during the war and really helped me understand as a reader the events. Dec 04, Belinda Zhu rated it really liked it Shelves: gradesemester Normally, I wouldn't read in the genre historical non-fiction, however, I found this book quite interesting. It's a story about a Vietnamese boy who started his new life in America. This book is all about, love, family, hope, new beginnings, fitting in, and culture.

There were some parts that were a bit boring but overall the book was very fun. The author did lots of good research and made the book very vivid and descriptive. Dec 07, Miku rated it really liked it Shelves: gradesemester I learned a lot from this book.

The Saddest Day: 30 April 1975 (The Fall of Saigon)

Prior to reading this, I did not know a lot about the Vietnam war or anything about operation baby lift. The main character goes through big changes that he has no choice or say in. I think it is a amazing story as it is from a perspective from a person who actually experienced the story. Nov 28, Vincent rated it it was ok Shelves: gradesemester Personally, as a year-old teenager, I don't really like non-fiction books but, I think I will get into more nonfiction books.

I thought that at the start of this book it was boring but, as I read further on I realized the pain and the impact it had on everyone. I also realized that I had learned a lot of interesting stories and facts from this book. Apr 11, Sandy Carmichael rated it liked it. Lots of tears and joy in this story.

May 03, Luke Eadie rated it really liked it. A touching story. Dec 06, Chris rated it liked it Shelves: gradesemester This book not only had some strong words but also had some strong, vivid images to support the text.

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If you like history and reading about the war along with non-fiction, read this book. Dec 11, Anais D rated it liked it Shelves: gradesemester This book was very emotional and the author told the narrative nonfiction really well. I enjoyed reading this book because it had a lot of messages about the meaning family, war, resistance, perseverance, and accepting change. The graphics in the book also struck me emotionally and really added more meaning to the book. I would recommend this book to people that like reading about the historical fiction or more specifically the Vietnam War. May 04, Mandy rated it it was amazing.

I found this book in the juniors section of the library. It was on display and I read the inside jacket, found it intriguing and checked it out. I am so glad I read this book! It is about a boy who is "Amerasian" meaning a Vietnamese mom and an American dad. Of course since the dad was probably a serviceman, he wasnt in the boy's life. He ends up an prphan, through some unfortunate events during the Vietnam war. He is adopted by an American family and barely escapes to America before the North V I found this book in the juniors section of the library. He is adopted by an American family and barely escapes to America before the North Vietnamese take over and no one is allowed to leave.

In many countries where everyone is of color, alot of times, the lighter your color, the higher in esteem you are held.

I figured this may apply in Vietnam. Not the case. The kids who were mixed were somewhat outcast, especially after North Vietnam took over the south. Most of the kids in the Holt orphanage in Saigon were Amerasian because of this.

Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy

I was very interested to get the view of life from an orphan who remembered his mom and grandma. Life was very confusing for him. I also learned what the orphanage was like, from an insider's view. I had not heard of Operation Babylift at the end of the Vietnam War, but learned about the thousands of orphans who were saved by being flown out of the country when it was litterally falling. This was an amazing book.


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I learned a lot. It is written in shorter sentences for the younger readers, but the content is heavy enough to keep the interest of adults as well. Oct 13, Arlene Starr added it. Andrea Warren shares the true story of Matt Steiner, a Vietnam War orphan, whose life journey takes him from a peaceful Vietnamese village to Saigon, then from an orphanage to America.

It is about children in need and people trying to help them during the Vietnam conflict. The author had felt that the story needed to be told of the plight of the war orphans during the final days before South Vietnam fell to the North Vietnamese forces. When his grandmother was unable to care for him she took him to an international relief agency who worked to find homes for many of the orphans.

The author walks the reader through Matt Steiner's experiences as he remembers them, his feelings he had with the loss of her mother, his move from the village to Saigon with his grandmother, his stay at the Holt International Children's Services, and his escape along with many other orphan children on the Pan American Jet.

It is narrated by the author and a well written account especially during this tragic period of time. Included are recommended websites, videos, and other information in conjunction with the Vietnam conflict. It is recommended for the early reader, the middle school reader and the adult reader.

While I hate to give such a low rating to a story about war orphans, this book is a bit confused in its mission. On one hand the length, clocking in at about pages, suggests it is a book for young adults. However, the writing is about at the third grade level, suggesting the book is aimed at children. So does the rah-rah America sentimentality of the story, which at its heart is far from a simple morality tale - there is little examination of how Amerasian war orphans came to be in the state While I hate to give such a low rating to a story about war orphans, this book is a bit confused in its mission.

So does the rah-rah America sentimentality of the story, which at its heart is far from a simple morality tale - there is little examination of how Amerasian war orphans came to be in the state that they did, for example. If the author had been a little braver in depicting the story as the ethically gray situation it surely was, and if she had written the book with a bit more flashy language, Escape From Saigon could have been an engrossing account of a little examined effect of war.

As it is currently though, Escape from Saigon takes a fascinating subject and makes it read like the literary equivalent of cardboard. The first few chapters are fairly engrossing accounts of life during war-time, however. Dec 02, Brenda Lambert rated it it was amazing Shelves: nonfict-t-linformational. Although the people in this story do find happiness during time of war, I felt sadness throughout reading the whole book. This sadness came from learning how terrible the Vietnam War was for children, from having family members killed and being left of the street, to having family give them to an orphanage because they can no longer take care of their child.

I find a joy in taking care of children and one day want to have some of my own and reading about children being left without family to car Although the people in this story do find happiness during time of war, I felt sadness throughout reading the whole book. I find a joy in taking care of children and one day want to have some of my own and reading about children being left without family to care for them or being brought to orphanages makes me feel nothing but sadness. If I was asked if I have ever read a book that made me wish I could go back in time to help needy people and if so where would I go, this would be the book I would refer to.

This book makes me wish that I could "time travel" back to the time of the Vietnam War just so I could help all those children and help ensure their safety and do my best to arrange for their parents who gave their child to the orhpanage because they had to, to leave the country with their children. Apr 16, Quinten Boyd rated it liked it. This is the true story of a Vietnamese orphan named Long, who found and made a new life in the United States following the Vietnam War.

Thousands of children were orphaned during the Vietnam War and due to the efforts of Operation Babylift, 2, children were sent to loving homes in the US. Long became Matt Steiner and group up to be a valedictorian, athlete, doctor, and father.

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I loved this story because of the background about the harsh life of war and how the Vietnamese people were able to b This is the true story of a Vietnamese orphan named Long, who found and made a new life in the United States following the Vietnam War. I loved this story because of the background about the harsh life of war and how the Vietnamese people were able to be so resilient to them.

I think this would be a great book to use for research about the more personal stories of the Vietnam War and to also show students the difference between military and humanitarian operations that occur during wartime. Dec 27, Karen rated it really liked it Shelves: favorites , non-fiction , war. Fascinating and engrossing true story of Long, a young Amerasian boy in Vietnam who was part of Operation Babylift in and later adopted by a family in Ohio.

Now known as Matt Steiner his new American name he went on to become the high school valedictorian and later a physician like his adoptive father. Andrea Warren brings Long's story to life using a narrative style that reads almost like fiction, but is clearly based on research about Vietnam and interviews with important characters. I Fascinating and engrossing true story of Long, a young Amerasian boy in Vietnam who was part of Operation Babylift in and later adopted by a family in Ohio.

I found myself wanting to know more about the Vietnam War and hopefully that same interest would be sparked in teen readers. An excellent companion book to All the Broken Pieces. Feb 08, Kate rated it it was amazing. By far the saddest book I have ever read. It makes you want to go find your family and make sure they're alive, that majorly sad! The writing was so good you felt like you were really there! I couldn't believe that some parents had to give up their children, it must have been a big deal some people killed themselves so that they wouldn't have to face the North Vietnamese army.

Some parts were so detailed instead of you being there and watching like it feels in the rest of the book it was like y By far the saddest book I have ever read. Some parts were so detailed instead of you being there and watching like it feels in the rest of the book it was like you were the person really remembering it! Only read this if you don't mind crying over a book! Apr 07, Lisa rated it really liked it Shelves: young-adult-nonfiction.

Long, an eight year-old Vietnamese boy, lives through the Vietnam war with the help of an American-run orphanage, after his mother commits suicide and his grandmother realizes she is unable to support him. When an American family adopts Long, he, with many other orphans are flown to the United States, where they have to assimilate to the American culture e.

Dec 08, Kara Thomas rated it really liked it. None of my American history classes ever covered the Vietnam War. The little that I know of it is what I have seen in movies or heard in songs. Limited, eh? I thought that this book was an excellent introduction for young readers to the casualties of wars that you may have never even thought of. It was very interesting and would be a great conversation piece between parent and child.

I look forward to discuss this one with my BOB girls. Oct 09, Laura Aase rated it really liked it. This book tells the story of the Amerasian and other orphans in Saigon who were evacuated before the communists took over the city. Easy to read and follow - lots of personal connections - Great to share! Mar 10, Beverly rated it it was amazing Shelves: jnfbiography. Well-written, well-paced, full of pathos, heartache, and happiness. Only then did I understand the country and its people.

Of greatest importance to my book were my interviews with Matt Steiner, his mother, and officials and volunteers who worked with the children. I also read a tremendous amount of history to get my facts straight. Most study of war is through the eyes of those who fought it. I took a different view—that of children orphaned by it and the brave adults who helped rescue them at the end. I also relate how Matt, who is Amerasian, came to America, his adjustment to a new family and culture, and how he made peace with his past.

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