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Escaping The Tiger’s 1st (and now 2nd) review is in!

August 24, 2009

Children’s author Uma Krishnaswami has written a review for ESCAPING THE TIGER:

final-cover-art-tiger9.jpgThis debut novel for upper elementary and middle school-aged readers tells the story of Vonlai Sirivong who is twelve at its opening and sixteen at its conclusion. In between we witness his first frantic escape with his family from their native Laos, then in the hands of the dreaded Pathet Lao. We follow them to refugee camps in Thailand before they finally gain admittance to the United States. Escaping the Tiger is a deeply felt story, simply told. Vonlai’s relationship with his older sister Dalah, and his shifting role relative to his parents, constitute the heart of this story. As he forges a place for himself despite the gritty conditions of the camp, playing soccer and waiting for an endless series of papers that bring in turn food, education, and finally freedom, he comes to understand what really matters in life. Manivong has created a believable protagonist, and she does not shy away from depicting the difficult living conditions in the Na Pho refugee camp. There are many threats to Vonlai’s family, including the near-rape of his sister. Nor does the story default to an undilutedly happy ending—instead we come to care about characters who make unexpected decisions, or who are left behind. Based on the author’s husband’s own experiences, this is a vivid and lovingly drawn tale of people caught in the crossroads of history and struggling to retain both dignity and hope.

BIBLIO: 2010, HarperCollins, Ages 10 to 14, $15.99.
REVIEWER: Uma Krishnaswami
FORMAT: Middle Grade
ISBN: 978-0-06-166177-8

Oh, and I just saw this from Newbery Winner Linda Sue Park!

Oh my, days don’t get much better than this! To see the video trailer, click the picture below:

Trailer Still

16 Comments leave one →
  1. August 24, 2009 8:34 am

    Great first review! Congratulations, Laura!


  2. Judy H. permalink
    August 24, 2009 9:20 am

    This is a lovely review, Laura! Congratulations!


    • Laura Manivong permalink*
      August 24, 2009 10:48 pm

      Lovely, yes…my thoughts exactly…after I regained consciousness. Thanks much, Judy!


  3. August 24, 2009 9:33 am


    This is an excellent review. I can’t wait to read your book! Congratulations! I wish you only the best!


    • Laura Manivong permalink*
      August 24, 2009 10:49 pm

      Lisa!! You are so sweet. Thank you!


  4. Colleen Cook permalink
    August 24, 2009 1:29 pm

    *tossing confetti*


    • Laura Manivong permalink*
      August 24, 2009 10:50 pm

      *catching confetti on my tongue like snowflakes*


  5. Sandi permalink
    August 24, 2009 4:42 pm

    Wonderful review. I can’t wait to buy a copy. I look forward to reading and sharing this book with my daughter.


    • Laura Manivong permalink*
      August 24, 2009 10:52 pm

      ~sharing with your daughter~
      Can I be a fly on the wall? That’s a wonderful image! Thank for for that, Sandi!


  6. Jane permalink
    August 25, 2009 9:57 am

    Congrats, Laura. After reading this review I would go buy and read even if I didn’t know you! Here’s hoping this will motivate me to get to work on mine today 🙂 .


    • Laura Manivong permalink*
      August 25, 2009 11:19 pm

      Jane, haha, that’s a relief, ’cause I don’t have enough relatives and friends to help me sell out the first print run! Thanks, you lovely woman, you!


  7. Christy permalink
    August 25, 2009 10:45 pm

    GREAT first review! I’m so excited for you and am in the camp that this is EXACTLY what we should be sharing on the Tenners site. After years of working on a book, two great reviews can really make it all worth it! Congrats.


    • Laura Manivong permalink*
      August 25, 2009 11:20 pm

      Christy, it’s definitely been a high point, and who knows better than us writers how few and far between those are. Thank you, truly.


  8. September 8, 2009 7:50 am

    Wonderful, Laura! So well deserved. I’m sure this is just the beginning.


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