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A star author’s touching true childhood story of a little girl, her soldier father and a faraway war. Suzanne Collins is famous all around the world for her book The Hunger Games. But this time she tells an even more special story for littler people. The real story of when she was a small girl, and her father went away to fight in the Vietnam War. All Suzy knows is that he is in a faraway jungle. When will he come home? As the months pass, measured in postcards, her father starts to feel further and further away… Find out how powerful a book can be as you share in Suzy’s sad but hopeful story.

Product Details






Scholastic US

Date published

September 5th, 2013

Lexile measure

AD450L Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring the right book gets to the right child at the right time.

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 2.7; Lower years; 0.5 points

Other details
  • 40 pages


UK edition


Suzanne Collins

Suzanne collins 603020



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  1. Croc 113527

    on 7 March 2014

    I borrowed this book at the library. I found the poem about the dragon called Custard. I used to live in Vietnam and heard about the war. We read a book about Vietnam war as well.

    5out of 5