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Chapter One-The Night Before.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Chapter Two-Red Shoes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Chapter Three-The Hospital.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Chapter Four-Black Button.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Chapter Five-Home Again.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Chapter Six-Brady Bunch.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Chapter Seven-Church.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Chapter Eight-August 6, 1975.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Chapter Nine-Can You Walk, Tuyet?.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Chapter Ten-Strength.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Chapter Eleven-One Step at a Time.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Chapter Twelve-The Hardest Things.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Historical Note.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . i Further Resources for Parents and Teachers.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . iv Author's Note.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v

About the Author

Marsha Forchuk Skrypuch's award-winning books for young people include Last Airlift, a Red Cedar Information Book Award winner and OLA Red Maple Honour Book. Its sequel, One Step at a Time, won the OLA Silver Birch Non-Fiction Award. Her YA novel Dance of the Banished is a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2015. In 2008, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the development Ukraine's culture, Marsha was awarded the Order of Princess Olha. She lives in Brantford, Ontario.

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In this true-life historical tale of overcoming adversity, Skrypuch continues the story of Tuyet, an eight-year-old Vietnam-ese refugee and polio survivor with a damaged leg, whose rescue she narrated in Last Airlift: A Vietnamese Orphan's Rescue from War. Adopted by an unconditionally loving and supportive Canadian family, unable to understand or express much in English, Tuyet begins a difficult journey through surgeries and arduous physical therapy to repair her leg. Because her harrowing experiences in Vietnam are referenced only in her nightmares or fearful reactions to ordinary events, readers unfamiliar with the first book may need additional explanation to understand the history of the Vietnamese airlift and how Tuyet came to Canada (the lack of a preface or synopsis of Tuyet's earlier experiences is problematic). Back matter includes information about polio and Canadian hospital procedures in the 1970s, as well as a resource list. While Tuyet's quiet perseverance is inspiring, the book's simple language and design, which includes b&w historical photos presented in unadorned fashion with the briefest of captions, give it a dated quality that may lessen its appeal for today's readers. Ages 8-12. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Gr 4-6-In this continuation of Last Airlift (Pajama Press, 2012), eight-year-old Tuyet is now adjusting to life with her Canadian adoptive family, the Morrises. She is uneasy about sleeping alone after years in a crowded orphanage and is troubled by recurring nightmares of the war. In addition to the trauma she has endured, Tuyet suffers from the painful effects of having had polio. One of the book's many touching scenes occurs when Mrs. Morris buys the child her first new footwear. She delights at the prospect of getting shiny red shoes, even though the left one could not be worn, due to her shrunken leg and twisted foot. Her mother does not give up until she finds a soft, red slipper that fits over Tuyet's left foot, making the pair complete. Skrypuch only describes Tuyet's first operation and subsequent therapy, and her first steps using a leg brace, an orthopedic shoe, and crutches. In her notes, she details five additional surgeries, ending with the operation that made the child's legs the same length. To capture accurate details more than three decades after these events happened, the author interviewed Tuyet's two adoptive sisters, her surgeon, and the hospital archivist as well as Tuyet herself. A historical note about the eradication of polio in North America and suggestions for ways to help make universal vaccination a reality are appended. The black-and-white cover photo of Tuyet's face looking apprehensive and earnest is of a better quality than the handful of rather grainy ones in the text. An inspiring story that will appeal to a wide audience.-Deborah Vose, Highlands Elementary School, Braintree, MA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Readers [who enjoyed Last Airlift] will be just as riveted to this quieter but no-less-moving story as Tuyet bravely dreams of being able to run and play ... The Horn Book Magazine An inspiring story that will appeal to a wide audience. School Library Journal Readers of this moving refugee story will celebrate as well. Kirkus Reviews Along with the true personal story, the facts about polio across the globe, past and present, will grip readers. ALA Booklist Tuyet's quiet perseverance is inspiring ... Publishers Weekly The cover of the book and the red shoes pictured take on a very special meaning by the end of this heart-warming book that will leave readers in tears. International Reading Association Reading Today Online One Step at a Time is a good choice for sensitive young readers interested in non-fiction about other children, other cultures, and recent history ... The book is likely to encourage many questions and wide-ranging discussion in a reading group, and the story is highly likeable. Resource Links "...as a poignant story of compassion, perseverance and recovery, Skrypuch's writing provides a platform for opening a dialogue on the repercussions of war and violence, as well as global health in regard to polio. As such, the story is perfect for bringing together multiple generations of readers." The International Examiner Skrypuch ... does a good job of portraying Tuyet's feelings as she faces the uncertainties of a new country, a new home and frightening surgery. Winnipeg Free Press Step by step, Skrypuch shows with forthright clarity how Tuyet becomes her own very best hero. Booksdragon, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center Readers 8 to 11 years old will marvel at Tuyet's perseverance and laugh at moments when she reveals her unfamiliarity with Canadian customs, such as when Tuyet doesn't understand why her first-ever birthday cake is 'on fire.' Good News Toronto

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