I think that this book was pretty good. I like how it gave some insight on the Vietnam cuture. Mai starts off a bit dissagrable, but then slowly turns agreeable. Overall, I enjoyed reading this book.
This story starts out a little rocky with a self-centered teenage narrator, Mai, obsessed with her own wants and needs but develops into a sweet story about the importance of love, family and acceptance as she helps her grandmother come to peace with the loss of her grandfather.
I did not like this book. All the minor problems in this book were solved in a paragraph or page! I do not recommend this book!
Not clean enough for a child to read, though nothing really bad happens, this book is full of teenagers talking about their bodies etc.
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I loved this one. The narrator's voice is believably tween, so when she complains about going to Vietnam for the summer, the reader understands and sympathizes, and when she (Mai) begins to learn more of the language and enjoy her trip, it feels right. Mai goes to Vietnam with her father and grandmother because her grandmother is trying to put her deceased husband's spirit to rest. He had been a prisoner of war and his body never found, so Mai's grandmother needs Mai to help take care of her as she gathers information.
I found this story very moving, with an engaging narrator, an interesting story, and perfect pacing.
California-born Mai has to listen slowly, look carefully and use all her patience when she travels to Vietnam with her Grandmother to find out what really happened to her Grandfather during the war.
Black_Butterfly_26 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 8 and 6
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