Book Review - The Road to Rangoon

by Lucy Cruickshanks (Heron) ISBN 978-1-84866-531-6

Lucy Cruickshanks writes about the truly exotic Rubyland, Myanmar and the Burmese civil war in the 1980s. 

An 11-year-old girl named Thuza Win watches her ruby-smuggling parents being tortured and taken captive. As Thuza Win tries to save her parents from the Shan State Army, a soldier takes her grandmother’s dagger and slashes her tongue in half and leaves her for dead. 

Thuza Win believing that her parents are alive, recovers and grows up, and becomes a ruby smuggler to free her parents. Her path crosses with Michael, the British Ambassador who goes missing, and Than, a local ambitious military officer. They help each other in this war-stricken land in their search for freedom and hope. 

The captivating and mesmerizing writing made me feel like I was right there walking in the forest with Thuza Win with the rich and beautiful rubies hidden in her shoulder bags dodging the landmines and the rebels. 

This is a beautifully written and gripping story. 

Tracy-Ann Damons


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