Adrift At Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival

Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, Illustrated by Brian Deines

Tuan Ho was six years old when he, and his mother and two sisters made their escape from Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. As they fled to a small fishing boat they were shot at by military police. Once aboard the small vessel they would fight to live as the boat began to take on water and as drinking water was very scarce.

This book describes the flight of many of Vietnam’s “Boat People.” Because of the new communist government, at the time, thousands of Vietnamese were willing to risk their lives for a chance to escape this part of the world. And the only way out was by sea, only to face pirates and storms, and risked dying of thirst or hunger.

This is a beautifully written story that just tugged at my heartstrings and reminded me just how good I have it here where I am. Great for grades 2-6.

Review by Jenny Wadsworth, Valley Crest Elementary Media Center
Rating: ★★★★½ (4.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 2-6

Adrift At Sea: A Vietnamese Boy’s Story of Survival
Written by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch with Tuan Ho, Illustrated by Brian Deines
Pajama Press
40 pages
Release Date: November 11, 2016
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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