Rice Without Rain

by Minfong Ho

Contemporary Thailand is the locale for a dramatic suspense-filled narrative unfolding... read more

Contemporary Thailand is the locale for a dramatic suspense-filled narrative unfolding in both rural and urban settings. Seventeen-year-old Jiuda gradually understands some of the complex factors changing her family and village during the Thai student movement in 1973-76. The author grew up in Thailand; as a young teacher living and working there she witnessed inequities of tenant farm life, dangers of political movements combatting rural poverty and the brash courage of idealism which her protagonist experiences. A survival theme, romantic subplot, and intense political story await readers of this compelling novel. (Ages 14 and older)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1990

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