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  The Clay Marble by MInfong Ho

Review by: Marcus J.
North Carolina, Grade 7

The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho is a book about Cambodia in 1979 when a family has to go to refugee camps because there home was bombed. There is Mother, Dara, and Sarun. This family has a hard time to survive with little food and not enough shelter. Once the family reaches Nong Chan refugee camp they notice everything is done in the open because there is no other way of living. While they are there they meet another family that includes Jantu, Grandpa Kem, Nea and Nebut. But the family has to move once again because of someone bombs the camp. On their way into Thailand the Nebut, Jantu, and Dara go to a food truck and a bomb explodes. The family is now separated, and Nebut has to go to the hospital. Jantu has to go with Nebut and Dara has no clue where to begin her search for there family. Jantu gives Dara a clay marble and Dara believes it will help her find her family.

I like this book because it is interesting, realistic and has cliffhangers that make you want to keep reading. This book is totally appropriate for anyone in middle school to read. I also like it because it is very realistic family wise. Their family has the same problems any other family would have. Like them arguing on the way to Nong Chan Refugee Camp. For example when Dara said to Sarun “That was just a handful of cold rice.” This book is very good and gives you a good idea about what went on in 1979 in Cambodia.

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