Little Brother by Allan Baillie

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"Fleeing from the Khmer Rouge soldiers, Vithy becomes separated from his older brother, Mang, as they escape from Cambodia into Thailand. . . . As Vithy makes the dangerous journey, he comes to rely on his own wits and instincts. Historical novel, adventure, and character study, this book takes readers to another place and time".--Booklist. American Bookseller Pick of the Lists; NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies; Bank Street Child Study Children's Book Assn. Children's Book of the Year.
 

About Allan Baillie

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Allan Baillie was born on January 29, 1943, in Scotland. At the age of six, after his father had died and his mother remarried, Baillie and his family moved to Australia. He wrote and illustrated his first book at the age of thirteen. After finishing high school he became a cadet journalist with the Melbourne's Sun. Baillie sold his first story to a farming newspaper for four pounds (eight dollars). After a near death experience, Baillie began to travel all over the world. He returned home to work for the newspaper again but had heard about the discontent in Camobodia and Laos and was interested in traveling there as a freelance journalist. The Vietnam War was going on at that time as well as civil unrest in Laos. Although there was nothing in particular going on in Cambodia, Prince Sihanouk banned Western journalists, so Baillie entered the country as an artist. He wrote an adult novel, Mask Maker, set in Laos after that, and continued to write stories based on his experiences in the Far East and elsewhere. His books include Adrift, Little Brother, The China Coin, Riding with Thunderbolt: The Diary of Ben Cross, and A Taste of Cockroach.
 
Published May 20, 1985 by Blackie Children's Books. 144 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Driven by a slim promise of safety plus the hope of finding his older brother Mang, 11-year-old orphan Muong Vithy makes his way across hundreds of miles of war-torn Cambodia to the Thai border, relying on his wits and the kindness of strangers to stay alive, evading the dreaded Khmer Rouge, and ...

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The effects of war are conveyed vividly in this provocative narrative tracing a Cambodian orphan's journey to the Thailand border. Having escaped from a work camp run by the Khmer Rouge, Vithy follows

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PW found this tale of a Cambodian orphan's journey to the Thailand border ``haunting and provocative.'' Ages 8-12.

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Having escaped from a work camp run by the Khmer Rouge, Vithy follows his older brother Mang into the jungle.

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