Every now and then we encounter a new children's book or series that we’re so excited about we want to broadcast it from the rooftop. We've created the Kids' TC VIB (very impressive book) to highlight real stand-outs among the many delightful and meaningful new editions for young readers.
Our latest selection for this honor is:
Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
Mia, which is Mai in her native Vietnamese, accompanies her grandmother back to Viet Nam to see if a hired detective has found any news of her grandfather, who was captured during the war. Mia's parents are also interested in having her connect with her roots.
Like any other 12-year-old California girl, Mia would rather be at the beach. The summer that unfolds is so realistically portrayed, so believable and bittersweet, I didn't want it to end.
Get this book for your mid-grade reader—then read it together. What great conversations will ensue! It's just about the perfect read, to my mind, and my favorite book so far this year!—and I've read some terrific books. Can't rave about it enough! ~Jocelyn
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