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Publisher's Summary

This remarkable novel from Thanhhà Lại, New York Times best-selling 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, 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.
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.
©2015 Thanhha Lai (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers
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3 out of 5 stars
By Wendi on 11-05-17

May be better read in text

Whilel I enjoyed the story, I was very distracted by the reading of it. I often imagined other ways to read the same words. The narrator read the protagonist's point of view as too "valley girl" for me. That being said, I loved the way she read the other characters' words. Hearing the Vietnamese language was beautiful.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Shanna on 04-04-17

I love this book

This book is a sweet, sweet portrait of the journey through life and its complications.

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