Written by Thanhha Lai
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books on February 17, 2015
Mai is Vietnamese American girl who is living in California. Instead of spending her vacation at the beautiful beach, she has to accompany her grandmother to Vietnam. Mai has a mission to assist her grandmother’s investigation of her grandfather’s fate during the Vietnam war. Mai’s parents are hoping that she can find out about her roots and cultural identity through this trip to Vietnam. But Mai have hard time to figure out how she can fit into her family’s culture and finds her identity. Also, Mai struggles to adapt to an unfamiliar culture.
This book is right on the diversity of children’s literature. Mai’s process of trying to survive during her trip to Vietnam which her family came from. Mai tries to survive during her trip and find a balance between her two completely different culture. This book would be great for children who has multi cultural backgrounds who struggles to find their cultural root. I think this kind of diversify literature for children’s book can positively affect children who is forming their identity.
Review by Publisher Weekly: http://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-06-222918-2
Book Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8VYww2e5iI