Vonlai is only 12 years old when he and his family must escape the communists ruling Laos by fleeing to a refugee camp in Thailand. But will they ever be able to leave the miserable camp and relocate to a free country?
In Escaping the Tiger Laura Manivong has written a realistic novel based on the actual experiences of her husband.
This book let me almost experience some history and culture I'd never known much about before, so it will be educational to young readers. But they'll enjoy it more for the dramatic portrayal of experiences the realistic characters had.
While the book shows a lot of bad things happening, there are also positive things like the believable relationships between the characters, who never quite give up hope.
This is an exciting, touching, and well written novel for Middle Grade kids.