Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Escaping the Tiger by Laura Manivong
Vonlai and his family live in Laos under communist rule until the night they escape across the river into Thailand. Vonlai's parents have moved the family in hopes of living a better life away from the communist oppressors but instead they find themselves in a refugee camp waiting for someone to sponsor them so they can leave. Life in the camp is very hard. Each family is given a handful of rice and part of a chicken to eat per week. The refugees are barely alive and the guards in the camp take advantage of them, especially the teen girls. As their time in the camp drags on Vonlai finds it harder to stay hopeful. He begins to worry that they will never leave the camp and his dreams of being an architect will never come true.