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The Illiterate Daughter
by Chia Gounza Vang
The Illiterate Daughter (The Young Guardian) by Chia Gounza Vang In war torn Laos, thirteen-year-old Nou daydreams of the legendary heroes and mythical beings who live in the folklore stories she loves to hear.
Remembering them helps her ignore physical pain as she struggles through the endless chores expected of a dutiful daughter. Each night, she examines the two books given to her by her ex-soldier father and prays for an end to the Vietnam War.
Robin's Review: The Illiterate Daughter is a well-written story about Nou and her family's life after escaping Laos and coming to America. This is such a thought-provoking story that needs to be told. What they went through was heartbreaking and took courage. It was a sad part of history and their story was horrific but there was hope and love amongst the family that helped them endure and stay together. They made such difficult decisions that it had me gripping my e-reader anxiously. I experienced so many emotions reading this story that I can’t possibly describe them. Words are not enough because they are just that, words. You have to read this book to truly understand what they went through to get out of their war-torn homeland. Also, what it was like to be a refugee in another country. I don’t know how they survived all their struggles, but they did. This is a fantastic story that I highly recommend. It was my pleasure to receive a free copy of this book but that does not affect my opinions in this review of this entertaining story.
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