Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy

Escape from Saigon How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy An unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of warOver a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War This affecting true account tells the story of Long who l

  • Title: Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy
  • Author: Andrea Warren
  • ISBN: 9780374322243
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Hardcover
  • An unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of warOver a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like than 40,000 other orphans, is Amerasian a mixed race child with little future in Vietnam Escape from Saigon allows readers to experience Long s struggle to suAn unforgettable true story of an orphan caught in the midst of warOver a million South Vietnamese children were orphaned by the Vietnam War This affecting true account tells the story of Long, who, like than 40,000 other orphans, is Amerasian a mixed race child with little future in Vietnam Escape from Saigon allows readers to experience Long s struggle to survive in war torn Vietnam, his dramatic escape to America as part of Operation Babylift during the last chaotic days before the fall of Saigon, and his life in the United States as Matt, part of a loving Ohio family Finally, as a young doctor, he journeys back to Vietnam, ready to reconcile his Vietnamese past with his American present As the thirtieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War approaches, this compelling account provides a fascinating introduction to the war and the plight of children caught in the middle of it.

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    1. I was an elementary school student at the end of the Vietnam War, but the newscasts of the Operation Babylift airlifts are seared in my memory. Hundreds of war orphans were being rescued and flown to the United States in the mid-seventies, as it became apparent that South Vietnam would be taken over by North Vietnamese forces. When one of the Babylift planes crashed, killing all the adults and many of the babies, I remember my mother crying at the kitchen table after she heard the news.In an int [...]

    2. This is the true story of a young Ameriasian boy finds a new family in the United States. Being the son of a Vietnamese woman and an American man puts Long in a difficult position. Because of the war, many do not see Americans with an unbiased eye. When Long loses his mother and his grandmother can no longer support him, he goes to live in an orphanage run by a nonprofit organization from the United States. As the Communists get ever closer it, Holt International (the group running the orphanage [...]

    3. Escape from Saigon: How a Vietnam War Orphan Became an American Boy by Andrea Warren is the true story of how Long gets adopted during the Vietnam War by an American family from Ohio. I am continually amazed at how little I know about other countries. I knew that we went to war in Vietnam and that there were many casualties but that is the extent of what I knew. Due to the Americans fighting North Vietnam many children were born and left in orphanages. When America pulled out of the Vietnam War, [...]

    4. Hoang V. Long (renamed Matt Steiner) was the son of an American father and a Vietnamese mother. He never knew his father; his mother took her life when he was young. His Vietnamese grandmother, Ba, did all she could to keep him fed and clothed. In another country and century Victor Hugo wrote about Jean Valjean and his adopted granddaughter Cosette, He protected her and she sustained him. When Ba came to the end of her resources she asked the Holt Center to take her grandson. My heart broke for [...]

    5. This book was such an amazing book, had my emotions going up and down, up and down.Lots of sadness and petty for the people left in saigon during the war.After reading this book I actually learnt about how much terror the little kids and adults of vietnam had gone through.Before reading this book I never knew that there was a war in vietnam at any time point, but now, after reading this book I not only know that there was a war in vietnam but also know how much terror so many people were facing [...]

    6. I thought the book had a great order of events that all seemed to lead up to a big climax of the story but I felt it never really happened. The first half of the story seemed to really be written like an exciting NNF book while the second part seemed rather boring and more factual. Overall the book still showed the choices and struggles of an orphan during the war and really helped me understand as a reader the events

    7. Normally, I wouldn't read in the genre historical non-fiction, however, I found this book quite interesting. It's a story about a Vietnamese boy who started his new life in America. This book is all about, love, family, hope, new beginnings, fitting in, and culture. There were some parts that were a bit boring but overall the book was very fun. The author did lots of good research and made the book very vivid and descriptive.

    8. I learned a lot from this book. Prior to reading this, I did not know a lot about the Vietnam war or anything about operation baby lift. The main character goes through big changes that he has no choice or say in. I think it is a amazing story as it is from a perspective from a person who actually experienced the story.

    9. This book not only had some strong words but also had some strong, vivid images to support the text. If you like history and reading about the war along with non-fiction, read this book.

    10. Escape from Saigon, by Andrea Warren. Shows how a boy struggled through a lot of pain, but still succeeded and became successful.

    11. This book was very emotional and the author told the narrative nonfiction really well. I enjoyed reading this book because it had a lot of messages about the meaning family, war, resistance, perseverance, and accepting change. The graphics in the book also struck me emotionally and really added more meaning to the book. I would recommend this book to people that like reading about the historical fiction or more specifically the Vietnam War.

    12. I found this book in the juniors section of the library. It was on display and I read the inside jacket, found it intriguing and checked it out. I am so glad I read this book! It is about a boy who is "Amerasian" meaning a Vietnamese mom and an American dad. Of course since the dad was probably a serviceman, he wasnt in the boy's life. He ends up an prphan, through some unfortunate events during the Vietnam war. He is adopted by an American family and barely escapes to America before the North V [...]

    13. Andrea Warren shares the true story of Matt Steiner, a Vietnam War orphan, whose life journey takes him from a peaceful Vietnamese village to Saigon, then from an orphanage to America. It is about children in need and people trying to help them during the Vietnam conflict.The author had felt that the story needed to be told of the plight of the war orphans during the final days before South Vietnam fell to the North Vietnamese forces. Matt Steiner whose Vietnamese name was Hoang-V-Long was 8 whe [...]

    14. While I hate to give such a low rating to a story about war orphans, this book is a bit confused in its mission. On one hand the length, clocking in at about 100 pages, suggests it is a book for young adults. However, the writing is about at the third grade level, suggesting the book is aimed at children. So does the rah-rah America sentimentality of the story, which at its heart is far from a simple morality tale - there is little examination of how Amerasian war orphans came to be in the state [...]

    15. Although the people in this story do find happiness during time of war, I felt sadness throughout reading the whole book. This sadness came from learning how terrible the Vietnam War was for children, from having family members killed and being left of the street, to having family give them to an orphanage because they can no longer take care of their child. I find a joy in taking care of children and one day want to have some of my own and reading about children being left without family to car [...]

    16. This is the true story of a Vietnamese orphan named Long, who found and made a new life in the United States following the Vietnam War. Thousands of children were orphaned during the Vietnam War and due to the efforts of Operation Babylift, 2,242 children were sent to loving homes in the US. Long became Matt Steiner and group up to be a valedictorian, athlete, doctor, and father. I loved this story because of the background about the harsh life of war and how the Vietnamese people were able to b [...]

    17. Fascinating and engrossing true story of Long, a young Amerasian boy in Vietnam who was part of Operation Babylift in 1975 and later adopted by a family in Ohio. Now known as Matt Steiner (his new American name) he went on to become the high school valedictorian and later a physician like his adoptive father. Andrea Warren brings Long's story to life using a narrative style that reads almost like fiction, but is clearly based on research about Vietnam and interviews with important characters. I [...]

    18. By far the saddest book I have ever read. It makes you want to go find your family and make sure they're alive, that majorly sad! The writing was so good you felt like you were really there! I couldn't believe that some parents had to give up their children, it must have been a big deal some people killed themselves so that they wouldn't have to face the North Vietnamese army. Some parts were so detailed instead of you being there and watching like it feels in the rest of the book it was like yo [...]

    19. None of my American history classes ever covered the Vietnam War. The little that I know of it is what I have seen in movies or heard in songs. Limited, eh? I thought that this book was an excellent introduction for young readers to the casualties of wars that you may have never even thought of. It was very interesting and would be a great conversation piece between parent and child. I look forward to discuss this one with my BOB girls.

    20. Long, an eight year-old Vietnamese boy, lives through the Vietnam war with the help of an American-run orphanage, after his mother commits suicide and his grandmother realizes she is unable to support him. When an American family adopts Long, he, with many other orphans are flown to the United States, where they have to assimilate to the American culture(e.g. Long’s name is changed to Matt.) Warren presents Long’s life with enticing prose and descriptive pictures.

    21. This book tells the story of the Amerasian and other orphans in Saigon who were evacuated before the communists took over the city. It follows the path of Long, from his birth/mother's death/time in poverty living with his Ba/life in the orphanage/acceptance by an American adoptive family/hair raising flight from Saigon/what he's doing now! Easy to read and follow - lots of personal connections - Great to share!

    22. Written for kids but I was still able to get a lot from it. It was a real wake-up call for me. This happened right before I was born so I was unaware of the whole operation babylift and it was really interesting to read about. Many of the pictures are heartbreaking. This story focuses on a boy who through all the hardships, had a fairy tale ending.

    23. Well-written, well-paced, full of pathos, heartache, and happiness. Warren tells the story of Long, who at 8 years old was airlifted out of Vietnam (with several hundred other children) and taken to begin a new life in the US with an American family. The excellent writing gives the reader a feeling of being in the middle of the action.

    24. This is a very sad book about a vietnamese boy named Long/Matt escaping from Vietnam to become an American boy. Matt expresses how sad yet excited he is about going to a new family. It's a good book for kids who like those emotional books about kids.

    25. Bi-racial Long has a good life, until his mother dies, leaving him to be raised by his loving grandmother. But then she is no longer able to do so, and he is placed in an orphanage-waiting for a family in America to adopt him. Then Saigon falls and all the orphans must flee Vietnam. Great

    26. Chronicles the experiences of an orphaned Amerasian boy from his birth and early childhood in Saigon through his departure from Vietnam in the 1975 Operation Babylift and his subsequent life as the adopted son of an American family in Ohio.

    27. Chronicles the experiences of an orphaned Amerasian boy from his birth and early childhood in Saigon through his departure from Vietnam in the 1975 Operation Babylift and his subsequent life as the adopted son of an American family in Ohio, and his return to Vietnam.

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