This National Book Award winner written by Thanhha Lai is about a family moving from Vietnam to the US because their country got destroyed by the Vietnam War. The children had to pack up and leave and come to the United States. In the boat to America, the family had to sleep on mats together. The sister had to sleep by one of her brothers and he didn’t smell very good. When they got to Alabama they had to learn to live in a very new culture.
This book was amazing. I would totally recommend this book to anyone. What made it different is that it was a story in poems. I though the author did a great job writing the book. I would give this book 5 stars.