Tracy—or Tuyet—always knew she was different. The villagers in Vietnam scornfully called her con-lai, or “half-breed,”because her father was an American GI. Yet she’s not sure she fits in with her new family in California, either.
When Tracy finds a soldier’s dogtag hidden by her adoptive father (a Vietnam vet himself), she’s haunted by memories from her life in Vietnam: hiding from Vietcong soldiers, being dragged away from her village by a GI, the American Boss Man’s knife at her throat.
Tracy struggles to reconcile her harrowing memories of Vietnam with her life in California. Where is home when you’re a child of war, caught between two countries, two identities? When is love enough to carry you through what you’ve discovered about your past? About your father’s past?
Bloomsbury Children's Books
Despite her mother's warnings about the hoodoo man, Clara delights in his tales of cures hidden in plants. When her sister, Bessie, takes sick, Clara braves the perils of the nighttime forest to find the hoodoo man and his secret medicines.
Dutton Children's Books 1998