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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.
Culture/Ethnicity; Bicultural; two cultures; bicultural daughter
mother and father and grandmother
20 Years of Dia, 2016
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016
Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015
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
Vietnamese Americans; grandparent and child; Vietnam War; family vacations; families; Vietnam; grandmothers; family life; children of immigrants; California
Lai, Thanha, "Listen, Slowly" (2015). DIVerse Families. 561.