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Last Airlift

Tuyet could not remember ever leaving her orphanage. The war made it too dangerous, and she knew her twisted left leg made her unadoptable. But one day, as the city was falling to the North Vietnamese army, strangers speaking English whisked Tuyet and 56 other orphans away to a plane bound for Canada and a whole new life.

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Last Airlift

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A teaching guide for using Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Child's Rescue from War in the classroom

"Tuyet wasn't afraid of the Americans, but she had polio...She was afraid that if the soldiers saw her foot and weak leg, they would take her to the hospital. And then the doctors would cut her foot open to try to fix it." –Last Airlift, by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch Medical facility, Vietnam. Photo by otisarchives1

"When she heard the 'whop-whop-whop' of helicopters, Tuyet would hide. She couldn't remember exactly what it was that she was afraid of, but when she put her fingers to her scalp, she could feel dents." –Last Airlift by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch

"Vietnam - Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam" by sHzaam!, via Flickr

Tuyet and the other orphans were flown to safety in a Hercules aircraft

Tuyet dreamed of having two straight legs and wearing a pair of shoes that actually matched.

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch is the author of more than a dozen historical picture books, chapter books, and juvenile and young adult novels. She has received numerous awards and nominations for her work. Her most recent novel, Stolen Child, has won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award for the Americas and is an OLA Best Bet, a CLA Book of the Year nominee, a Diamond Willow selection, a Resource Links Best Book, and a Golden Oak selection.

A true story for young readers about a Vietnamese orphan's rescue from war just as Saigon was being captured. Another powerful novel by Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch. Pajama Press.