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Summer Reading 2020

Information on the Books for 2020 Summer Reading

Why Choose This Book?

Butterfly YellowButterfly Yellow

by Thanhha Lai

In the final days of the Việt Nam War, Hằng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms—and Hằng is left behind in the war-torn country.
Six years later, Hằng has made the brutal journey from Việt Nam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn’t know how she will find the little brother who was taken from her until she meets LeeRoy, a city boy with big rodeo dreams, who decides to help her.


Every sentence is infused with warmth, and Lai shows readers that countless moments of grace exist even in the darkest times.Masterfully conjures grace, beauty, and humor out of the tragic wake of the Vietnam War.

-- Kirkus, Starred Review



Read this book if...

  • You liked The House on Mango Street
  • You like Historical Fiction
  • You are interested in the aftermath of the Vietnam War
Be Advised, this book contains:
  • Traumatic events with physical distress on the journey to America.

More About the Book

Library Database Resources

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Online Video

Vietnamese Boat People Podcast - LIVE EPISODE #15 Thanhha Lai

I Was a Boat Person: Vietnames Refugees Look Back [Al-Jazeera+]

June 24, 1979:Vietnamese Boat People: The Price of Freedom [60 Minutes]

Getting Here: Journeys from Vietnam