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Authors

Thanha Lai

Publisher

Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Publication Year

2015

ISBN

9780062229182

Pages

260 pages

Genre

realism

Format

novel

Item Type

Fiction

Annotation

A California girl born and raised, Mai can't wait to spend her vacation at the beach. Instead, though, 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.

Grade Level

3-5, 6-8

Topic

Culture/Ethnicity; Bicultural; two cultures; bicultural daughter

Main Character

girl

Race/Ethnicities

Vietnamese

Family Formation

mother and father and grandmother

Awards

20 Years of Dia, 2016 Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015 Choices, 2016 CSMCL Best Books, 2015 New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2015 Notable Children's Books, 2016 Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2015 Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 2018
Nominee Cybils Awards, 2015, Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction

Keywords

Vietnamese Americans; grandparent and child; Vietnam War; family vacations; families; Vietnam; grandmothers; family life; children of immigrants; California

Diversity Impact

direct

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