Author(s): Anh Do; Suzanne Do
Anh Do's inspirational story about his family's incredible escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children. Giant waves crashed down on our little boat. I was terrified but my mum hugged me tight and told me, "Everything will be okay. Don't worry, it will be okay." Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. It was a dangerous journey, with murderous pirates and terrifying storms, but they managed to survive. Life in suburban Australia was also hard for a small boy with no English and funny lunches. But there was a loving extended family, lots of friends, and always something to laugh about for Anh, his brother Khoa, and their sister Tram. And eventually for a young Anh, who tried hard to see the bright side of life no matter what the difficulty, there was triumph. The Little Refugee tells the uplifting and inspiring childhood story of one of Australia's favorite personalities.
Winner of Australian Independent Booksellers Indie Awards: Children's Book 2012. Commended for KOALA (Kids Own Australian Literature Awards): Picture Book 2013 and NSW Premier's History Award: Children's History 2012 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Picture Book of the Year 2012 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Eve Pownall Award for Information Books 2012. Shortlisted for West Australian Young Reader's Book Awards: Older Readers' Award 2012 and Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year: Lower Primary Children 2012.
ANH DO's unique and inspirational experience leaving Vietnam as a toddler and growing up in Australia is the subject of his bestselling and award-winning memoir, The Happiest Refugee (sales of 120,000 copies since publication in September 2010). Anh and his wife, SUZANNE DO, have written The Little Refugee in response to the vast numbers of people who have read The Happiest Refugee and pleaded for a version for children. They are donating all royalties earned from The Little Refugee to an orphanage in Vietnam. BRUCE WHATLEY is one of Australia's best-loved and most-respected author-illustrators. Bruce has illustrated over forty books to date, including the enormously successful and award-winning Diary of a Wombat, written by Jackie French, and its companion volumes.