Butterfly Yellow by Thanhh Lai is award-winning historical fiction. The novel tells the story of 18-year-old Hang who journeys away from war-torn Vietnam and arrives in Texas, USA, to reconnect with her brother, who left six years earlier. It’s a story of family, friendship, war and survival and one that many refugees can identify with. Readers will admire the strong female protagonist who displays fierce love, strength and perseverance and will appreciate the message of hope that the author relays.
A challenging YA read, but one well worth the effort.