Though I have never been anywhere near Cambodia or Thailand, while reading The Clay Marble, I felt as though novelist Minfong Ho had placed me into the war-destroying place. The story is about 13-year-old Dara and how her family survives during the war in 1979 with Cambodia fighting Vietnam. As the story starts out Dara’s family is lost in the forest on their way to Nong Chan a refugee camp on the Thai-Cambodian border. Then when the war moves closer to the camp everyone flees farther into Thailand and something happens! A bomb hits the lunch truck that Jantu, Dara, and Baby were in and injures Baby. Dara, Jantu, and Baby become separated from their family. Read The Clay Marble to see if Dara and her friends ever find their family again.
I enjoyed this book because it was very descriptive and entertaining. Minfong Ho is an excellent write but this is her only book published. Even though I thoroughly enjoyed this book it did become a little slow during a few chapters. The abundance of detail and action makes up for that lack of pace though.