Book Description from Amazon.com:
For all the ten years of her life, Ha has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of its traditions, the warmth of her friends close by, and the beauty of her very own papaya tree. But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Ha and her family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headed toward hope. This is the moving story of one girl's year of change, dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, one life to the next.
Imagine learning that you must up and leave the only place you have lived for ten years and your father has been missing, as a prisoner of war, for the last nine years. This was a fantastic story about change. It wasn't all prettied up to make things look easier either. Ha and her brothers were forced to face some difficult situations when classmates were not always accepting of their cultural differences. The author wrote this story from personal experience and at one point says "No one would believe me, but at times I would choose wartime in Saigon over peacetime in Alabama". One thing that might be of interest to some readers is that this story is written in prose, so it reads rather quickly!