Little Cricket

Little Cricket Twelve year old Kia Yang nicknamed Little Cricket has always lived among her extended family in their tiny Laotian village But their peaceful lives are shattered one day when North Vietnamese soldiers

  • Title: Little Cricket
  • Author: Jackie Brown
  • ISBN: 9780786818525
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Twelve year old Kia Yang nicknamed Little Cricket has always lived among her extended family in their tiny Laotian village But their peaceful lives are shattered one day when North Vietnamese soldiers destroy much of their village, and Kia and her family are forced to escape the encroaching war After three years in a Thai refugee camp, they finally receive heartbreakinTwelve year old Kia Yang nicknamed Little Cricket has always lived among her extended family in their tiny Laotian village But their peaceful lives are shattered one day when North Vietnamese soldiers destroy much of their village, and Kia and her family are forced to escape the encroaching war After three years in a Thai refugee camp, they finally receive heartbreaking news only Kia, her brother, Xigi, and their grandfather may emigrate to America In Minnesota, Kia is overwhelmed by her new life, isolated by culture and language It is only when Xigi gets into big trouble and Grandfather becomes ill that Kia discovers that they are not as alone as she thought and that others are isolated than she d realized Set in Laos and Minnesota in the 1970s, this is a powerful first novel from a promising writer.

    One thought on “Little Cricket”

    1. Nice look into the Hmong story--both in Laotia and in Minnesota. It's just average as far as writing, nothing exceptional but not bad either. Most of the story is told from the point of view of Kia, a young girl-and the story reads at her level. But it's fascinating how the author "zooms out" to more of an impersonal narration as she recounts the fleeing and and refugee camp, then zooms back in to Kia's level for the second large section.Good read for mid to older children. Easy to read. It does [...]

    2. Kia Vang, a twelve-year-old Hmong girl, tells about her village life in Laos as a young child and shares the tragedies that lead her family to flee during the war. Her father is killed by soldiers, her village attacked, and ultimately she is separated from her mother and grandmother through a paperwork mistake at the refugee camp in Thailand. From there, she travels to the U.S. with her teenage brother and grandfather. We watch as she adapts to her new life and her grandfather and brother also g [...]

    3. Kia and her family live in small village in Laos. When the Vietnam War reaches her village, she and her family are forced to leave their home and hope for a new chance. They get across to Thailand and spend several years in a refugee camp there. Finally, a church from Minnesota sponsors them and Kia, her brother, and her grandfather are able to go to St. Paul, Minnesota, but it is not an easy transition for any of them. I wanted a little more from this book; something was lacking for me. The gui [...]

    4. Little Cricket by Jackie Brown is a great book, that is totally believable, but really sad. I recommend this book to people who don’t mind emotional stories. One strength of this book, is that it is like real life. Sadly, girls and womyn didn’t have much authority in Laos, which is totally messed up, but was a fact back then. Also, mistakes happen, things do not go perfectly, and close calls happen. Anyway, it's the dead of the night Kia, who loves gardening, and her family's village is bein [...]

    5. This could have been the story of many of the Laotian immigrants living in Mountain Lake, MN. They had to escape Laos by crossing a river while dodging bullets to get to safety in Thailand. There they lived in refugee camps until they could get a sponsor to come to the U.S. Little Cricket narrates the story of her family's escape from Laos and their new life in Minnesota. Life was especially hard for her grandfather and teenage brother. Little Cricket was caught in the middle. Grandfather's old [...]

    6. I'd roughly call this a cultural awareness novel. A fictional immigrant girl goes through circumstances similiar to those gone through by real immigrants. Over all it was cute and did it's job, but to me, it didn't feel quite finished. The novel stops after a few issue have been resolved, but it stopped too soon. There were too many things left unresolved and unexplored. I think to some degree the author did that on purpose, some annoying sense of realism, since life rarely resolves neatly. But [...]

    7. gr 4-6 243pgs1970s Laos/Saint Paul, Minnesota. 12 year old Kia "Little Cricket" Vang loves her life in her small Hmong village. When soldiers come and take all the men, Kia and her family flee to a refugee camp in Thailand. When she and her family are accepted to immigrate to the United States, everyone is happy until they discover a mistake has been made. Only Kia, her grandfather, and her brother Xigi will go while the rest of the family must wait for the paperwork to be fixed. Kia, her grandf [...]

    8. I pre-read this book to see if it was appropriate for my 11-year old daughter. It was a tamer version of the Hmong immigration story, but it still included some hard issues (war, her father dying, crossing the river, refugee camps, leaving her mother when she left for the U.S being made fun of because she is Hmong, and her brother getting into trouble here). I will have my daughter read it. I'm interested to see her response to issues she's never thought about before.

    9. I like this book a lot! However it is difficult to put an age group to it because it covers more adult like concepts that are serious and have violence but the writing is not very difficult and therefore is understandable for younger children. It is a very realistic book with serious concepts that make the book enjoyable and poignant!

    10. I don't really remember much about this book (except for the fact that it was awesome), but I do remember that it was about a little girl that lived in Laos, but had to move to America because of the war. And there was this one part that I remember where the bad soldier dudes came into their village and made old women dance and shot at their feet. :(

    11. It's about a girl who flees from Laos with her family to Thailand. Then she, her brother, and her grandfather can go to the US, whilst they must leave their mother and grandmother behind. It tells a magnificent story about an immigrant family overcoming their hardships in America.:) i really like this book!!!

    12. this book is about a young girl and her family, who live in Loas. they are forced to move away from there home because the Vietnam war is very close to there house, so it is dangerous to stick around. they move to america, hoping it is a safer place. when they get there their family starts to fall apart. this is a very interesting story.

    13. This book is so great.I think that this book has so many little things and words that can help you be better in the future.There are facts about how to say Hmong words in the back pages.The author is Jackie Brown.

    14. i really like the kinds of books about far off remote villages with a completely different style of life, like this one. This book is really good.

    15. I would check this book out all of the time. Loved it. Great way to introduce kids to the idea of Asian historical fiction

    16. I read this book ages ago but its pretty good. Its about a girl that had to travel to America knowing little English.

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