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Title

Listen, Slowly

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

Lexile Measure

800L

Diversity Topics

Family Relationships; Culture/Ethnicity; Language barrier; Bicultural; communication barrier; different languages; bicultural child; two cultures

Main Character

female child

Race/Ethnicities

Vietnamese American

Family Formation

mother, father, and grandmother

Awards

Cybils Awards, 2015, Finalist, Middle Grade Fiction
Distinguished Books, 2015 Fiction
20 Years of Dia, 2016 Grades 3-5
Best Children's Books of the Year, 2016 Ages (9 to 12)
Booklist Book Review Stars, 2014
Booklist Top 10 Multicultural Fiction for Youth, 2015 Fiction
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2015 Fiction
Capitol Choices: Noteworthy Books for Children and Teens, 2016 Audiobooks
Choices, 2016 Children's Fiction
CSMCL Best Books, 2015 Children's Literature
Lasting Connections, 2015 Language Arts
New York Times Notable Children's Books, 2015 Middle Grade
Notable Children's Books, 2016 Middle Readers
NPR's Book Concierge, 2015 Kids' Book
Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book, 2015 Middle Grade
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, 2015 Middle Grade

Keywords

grandparent and child; Vietnam War; family vacations; Vietnam; grandmothers; children of immigrants; California; summer; village

Diversity Impact

direct

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