Moving to America turns Hà’s life inside out.
For all the ten years of her life,Hà has only known Saigon: the thrills of its markets, the joy of itstraditions, the warmth of her friends close by . . . and the beauty of her veryown papaya tree.
But now the Vietnam War has reached her home. Hà andher family are forced to flee as Saigon falls, and they board a ship headedtoward hope. In America, Hà discovers the foreign world of Alabama: thecoldness of its strangers, the dullness of its food, the strange shape of itslandscape . . . and the strength of her very own family.This is the moving story of one girl's year of change,dreams, grief, and healing as she journeys from one country to another, onelife to the next.