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Little Cricket

by Jackie Brown

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Little Cricket is about a Hmong family from Vietnam. In the family there is a 12 year old girl name Kia but her loving family call her "Little Cricket". One day the north Vietnamese soldiers came and destroyed the whole village and kidnap all the boys and kia's father so they can help them fight the Americans. This destroyed kia's peaceful family and forced them to leave their home and escape to Thailand. After this dangerous escape they settle in a refugee camp. After 3 long years a Minnesotan church agrees to sponsor Kia's family to immigrate to the U.S. But there was a paper work error causing Kia's mom and grandma to stay behind. Kia, Kia's brother Xigi and her grandfather flew to Minnesota where it is safer to live but it was a foreign country to them and they feel lonely. This is one of the most interesting book I have ever read because I l learnt that in 1970 there was a war between the American's and the north Vietnamese. The most exciting part of the book is when Kia's family had to swim across the river because they all don't know how to swim but after their cooperation effort they made it. I highly recommend this book to everyone the age of 9-13. ( )
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Twelve-year-old Kia Yang-nicknamed "Little Cricket"-has always lived among her extended family in their tiny Laotian village. But their peaceful lives are shattered one day when North Vietnamese soldiers destroy much of their village, and Kia and her family are forced to escape the encroaching war. After three years in a Thai refugee camp, they finally receive heartbreaking news: only Kia, her brother, Xigi, and their grandfather may emigrate to America. In Minnesota, Kia is overwhelmed by her new life, isolated by culture and language. It is only when Xigi gets into big trouble and Grandfather becomes ill that Kia discovers that they are not as alone as she thought-and that others are more isolated than she'd realized. Set in Laos and Minnesota in the 1970s, this is a powerful first novel from a promising writer.

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After the upheaval of the Vietnam War reaches them, twelve-year-old Kia and her Hmong family flee from the mountains of Laos to a refugee camp in Thailand and eventually to the alien world of Saint Paul, Minnesota.

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