The Clay Marble

The Clay Marble

by Minfong Ho

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Overview

Fleeing war-torn Cambodia in 1980, Dara, her mother, and her older brother find sanctuary in a refugee settlement on the Thailand border, but when fighting erupts, Dara finds herself separated from everyone and everything she loves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780374412296
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 09/01/1993
Series: Sunburst Bks.
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 112,895
Product dimensions: 5.15(w) x 7.66(h) x 0.48(d)
Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

Minfong Ho is an award winning Chinese America author. She writes books for children and young adults.

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The Clay Marble : With Connections 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
srssrs on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Clay Marble by Minfong Ho, is a great book about war, survival, friendship and overcoming adversity. What is best about The Clay Marble is that one of the three main characters is a male. Many times books written for upper elementary/middle school age group don't have great characters that represent both sexes, making them more male or female books. The Clay Marble doesn't do this. The Clay Marble follows the adventures of two girls in a refuge camp on the Thai Cambodia border in the late 1970s. Minfong Ho worked at a camp, so I'm sure her experiences added to the realism in the novel. Dara and Jantu become friends in a refuge as their patchwork families struggle to survive with a constant hope of going home. The action and plot twists keep this story moving. However, I do get mixed reviews from my students; they either love it or hate it. I think the story of friendship and adversity overcome any weaknesses in the novel. It is descriptive with a well paced plot.
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I am reading this book as a reading project is school. It is very interesting and a wonderful book for sixth grade readers. I would recommend this book as a book project.
Guest More than 1 year ago
DO NOT put the book down in the beging. I know it starts out slow but it will get better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
it's a wonderful book that reveals the inner world of thai girls.it has interesting storyline, useful adjectives and very special points of view. good book to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the clay marble was an excellent book that really expressed some main points about life. also the characters played some very good roles in the story and were very expressive.this book was great!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is absolutely remarkable!The characters have qualities that make them seem like a reality. Junta's clay marbles add magic to the novel and the descriptions are vivid. This was an awesome book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
By reading this novel I truly enjoyed the way how the author, Minfong Ho wrote the book. What I found that was really interesting in this novel is that how Sarun makes dolls and lucky magical marbles out of clay, Saun believes that her marbles give her good luck and hope, but later at the end Sarun finally realizes that she has the magical powers within herself. Personally, I am proud of Sarun because she did nope give her hope that the wars will finally end. If I was in that situation I wouldn't have that much hope like Sarun did I would think that my life is over. Other than, I am also glad that Sarun and her family survived through the tough times they had to go through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is the best book in the world. I really like the way the author uses adjectives to describe the food. I like how she used good descriptions how the characters were feeling. I also like how created suspence!