Listen, Slowly (Hardcover)
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Mia, which is Mai in her native Vietnamese, accompanies her grandmother back to Viet Nam to see if a hired detective has found any news of her grandfather, who was captured during the war. Mia's parents are also interested in having her connect with her roots. Like any other 12-year-old California girl, Mia would rather be at the beach. The summer that unfolds is so realistically portrayed, so believable and bittersweet, I didn't want it to end. Get this book for your mid-grade reader—then read it together. What great conversations will ensue! It's just about the perfect read, to my mind, and my favorite book so far this year!—and I've read some terrific books. Can't rave about it enough! "~Jocelyn
Listen, Slowly is a New York Times Book Review Notable Book and a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year This remarkable and bestselling novel from Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award-winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she learns the true meaning of family.
A California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, she has to travel to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is going back to find out what really happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai's parents think this trip will be a great opportunity for their out-of-touch daughter to learn more about her culture. But to Mai, those are their roots, not her own. Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place she wants to be. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn't know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive her trip, Mai must find a balance between her two completely different worlds.
Perfect for fans of Rita Williams-Garcia and Linda Sue Park, Listen, Slowly is an irresistibly charming and emotionally poignant tale about a girl who discovers that home and culture, family and friends, can all mean different things.