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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Children of the River

Book title:  Children of the River

Author: Linda Crew

Genre: Young Adult fiction 

Heritage: Cambodian American 

Published Date: 1989

Blurb: Sundara fled Cambodia with her aunt's family to escape the Khmer Rouge army when she was thirteen, leaving behind her parents, her brother and sister, and the boy she had loved since she was a child. Now, four years later, she struggles to fit in at her Oregon high school and to be "a good Cambodian girl" at home. A good Cambodian girl never dates; she waits for her family to arrange her marriage to a Cambodian boy. Yet Sundara and Jonathan, an extraordinary American boy, are powerfully drawn to each other. Haunted by grief for her lost family and for the life she left behind, Sundara longs to be with him. At the same time she wonders, Are her hopes for happiness and a new life in American disloyal to her past and her people?

About the Author:

Linda Crew and her husband run Wake Robin Farm in Corvallis, Oregon, where they live with their three children. This remarkable novel won an Honorable Mention in the Fifth Annual Delacorte Press Prize for an Outstanding First Young Adult Novel Contest.

Linda Crew's friendships with the Cambodian refugees who work on the farm inspired her to write this novel.

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