book cover of "Listen Slowly" depicting 2 girls in a rowboat, one standing and paddling, the other bending over to grab a flowering lily pad

Listen, Slowly / Thanhha Lai

Twelve-year-old Mai wants to spend her summer hanging out in Laguna Beach, crushing on HIM, and gossiping with her girl friends.  Instead, she is dragged to Vietnam alongside her grandmother, who has traveled across the world to finally say goodbye to her husband who has been missing since the Vietnam War.  What Mai doesn’t realize is how important this journey will become for her as well.  A heartfelt work of realistic fiction filled with laughter and tears, recommended for readers ages 10 and up.

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