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Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War Hardcover – March 1, 2012
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The author tells Tuyet's story with respect and dignity, introducing readers to a brave girl caught up in the turbulent times of her country, her fears of leaving what she knew, and the joy of finding a new life. (School Library Journal)
Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch never strays from Tuyet's child-centered perspective in recounting her experiences. In an author's note, Skrypuch describes interviewing Tuyet (obviously now an adult), who found that she remembered more and more of the past as she talked. Dialogue takes this narrative out of the category of pure nonfiction, but Tuyet's story, with its occasional black-and-white illustrations, is no less affecting because of it. (Cooperative Center for Children's Books Choices)
An excellent first step on the ladder that leads to such fine immigrant tales as Thanhha Lai's Inside Out & Back Again. (Horn Book Magazine)
Enhanced with documents and a surprising number of photographs, Airlift is a touching, multi-layered experience. The strength of Skrypuch's storytelling shows strongest in the smallest details. (Smithsonian Institute Book Dragon)
Immediate and compelling, this moving refugee story deserves a wide audience. (Kirkus)
Last Airlift is the story of an heroic deed, of one young girl's courage and resourcefulness when she most needs it, and of the ending she could not foresee . . . **Highly Recommended.** (CM Magazine)
[The] biographical approach helps to humanize a war that, for most readers, may seem like ancient history, and the tight focus on the airlift and Tuyet's first days with the Morrises reminds readers that they are sharing the experiences of an agemate. (Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books)
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Marsha tricked her teachers into thinking she knew how to read until it all caught up with her in grade 4 when she failed the provincial reading exam. Adding insult to injury, they made her repeat the year. As the tallest and oldest kid in the class, she didn't want to be seen learning to read with little skinny books and she was too proud to ask for help, so she taught herself how to read by taking out the fattest book in the children's section of the Brantford Public Library -- Oliver Twist. She kept on renewing it for a whole year. Reading that book was a turning point in her life. She decided that she loved reading, and wanted to write too.
Marsha loves speaking with students of all ages, especially those who are struggling academically or who feel "different".
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Tuyet had lived at an orphanage for several years before she was airlifted out of the country. Since most of the children at the orphanage were babies, Tuyet was considered a helper and had to care for the younger children. Although she was scared on the plane, another older child, Linh, joined her and the two helped care for the scared and crying babies. When she arrives in Canada Tuyet is adopted by a kind family who already has two adopted children and one biological child. In Last Airlift her experiences in the first days in Canada are recounted as she tries numerous new and strange things.
Tuyet's story helped make the stories of Vietnamese orphans airlifted from their country more personal. I think a lot of my students would be amazed by this story- they love books that are "real" (their words) and would be rooting for Tuyet to find happiness.