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Listen, Slowly
Listen, Slowly | Thanhha Lai
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suvata
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I really like multi-cultural books for middle-schoolers. This particular story is about a Southern California 12-year-old who is forced to visit Vietnam with her grandmother. The grandmother is going there to try to find out what happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. It‘s about the ultimate importance of home and family. Glad I read it.

Nebklvr I really like her other book! 6mo
suvata @Nebklvr I will definitely have to check that out. I like to find middle grade books to read with my grandkids. 6mo
Nebklvr @suvata I believe the first book is about this family fleeing Vietnam and coming to the US as refuges 6mo
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suvata @Nebklvr Awesome! I‘ve added it to my list. Thanks. 6mo
Daisey I thought this one was good, but I liked Inside Out and Back Again so much more. Definitely look it up. 6mo
suvata @Daisey Already added to my TBR! 6mo
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kayleaallison
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“Life is easy and hard, beautiful and ugly.”

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kayleaallison
Listen, Slowly | Thanhha Lai

Listen, slowly has an important message about finding the meaning of family and where home really is. I think students will really enjoy this book.

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kayleaallison
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Listen, Slowly is about a young girl who has to visit her grandmother in Vietnam during her vacation. During this trip she learns a lot about the meaning of family.

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cjegolden99
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Contemporary realistic fiction. This is a wonderful story for older children and adults. It‘s real and poignant and something I want to keep reading. It‘s just as beautiful and honest and real as you can expect for Thanhha Lai.

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cjegolden99
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Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai, 2015. This is a wonderful novel of realistic fiction that shows the importance of family and learning to understand. It‘s incredibly honest and real and rich and full of culture and love. It‘s an incredible story and it‘s simply beautiful.

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vnneff6000
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”Life is easy and hard, beautiful and ugly.”

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vnneff6000
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This book is about a a 12 year old girl named Mia who can‘t wait to take a break from being perfect. Mia goes to spend time with her grandma in Vietnam so she can help her find out what really happened to her grandfather. In the process she grows closer to her family and their culture. She learns about a world she never new before.

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Clwojick
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How ironic that I‘m listening to this at 3x the speed. 😂😂

I‘m about 3/4 of the way through and have been quite enjoying it so far.

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ElisabethRose
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I'm inputting the new books for the teen/children's section and I stumbled across this little gem. The cover of this one is so beautiful. #coverappreciation

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theshrinkette
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"She is in pain."

OKAY I DID NOT EXPECT THIS LEVEL OF ACCURACY WHAT IS THIS SORCERY I ASK YOU ??

Librariana No!! Scare-bear! 🤤 Don't be in pain, tho. Please. Sending some positive vibes your way! 💙☄ 2y
WhatDeeReads That is freakishly accurate. You're gonna be better soon, though. 2y
Libby1 Take care. 💕 2y
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LumosNox
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Starting the audio for Listen Slowly and using the Libby app for the first time which I'm loving. So much better than the old Overdrive app.

EchoLogical I agree, so much better! I am having an issue with it not remembering my library info. It'll randomly give me the little tutorial thing you get when you first sign up and ask me to find my library. I just restart the app until it remembers. 2y
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unceremonial
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This book has been on my "to read" list for about a year now. The cover reminds me of so many other middle grades books that I have loved and I was really excited when I found the audiobook at the library. I'm halfway through and not really loving it. Talk about a major bummer. I'll finish it and judge at the end, but it's not looking good.

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kmwiley2
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Book club pick #cats #Vietnam ❤🐱📚

Tanzy13 🐱 3y
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angrylilasian
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This cover! 😍
I loved her first book so I have high hopes for this one. Jacqueline Woodson has a blurb on the front cover so it's gotta be good, right? #setinsoutheastasia #aprilbookshowers @RealLifeReading

Tsubame Wow, so luminous and colorful! I hope it won't let you down 😊 3y
Lindy It's a lovely story. ❤️ 3y
Zelma Her covers are always beautiful! 💕 3y
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AnythingCanBe
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The fruits of Christmas gift cards. Most are books I've already read and wanted on my shelf, but there are a few new ones to keep me busy.

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irre
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Enjoyed this audio.

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hufflepuff_librarian
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Librarian problems: When one of your favorite students brings you a book and says she had a "backpack accident" that involved water and a candy cane, and you really don't want to throw the book away bc it's brand new and really, really good. ??

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LindsayReads
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Between walks, gym, parties, and more parties, I managed to finish this. I loved the sense of place and found Mai's voice to be very authentic...which is to say she sounds like a pre-teen. It won't be for everyone, but it is totally worth it for those who are into it. I'm sure I would have liked just reading it, but Lulu Lam's delivery was fantastic--don't miss the audio if you're into that sort of thing. Also, I now know how to pronounce "Hanoi."

LindsayReads Non-sequitor photo from my walk today. 3y
Lacythebookworm Those trees! 💯🙌 3y
KarenUK This picture 💕💕💕💕💕 3y
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Suet624 Where the heck do these trees live???? 3y
Gezemice Wow, are those Truffula trees? 😳😻😻👍Where do you live? 3y
Daisey Have you read Inside Out & Back Again? I actually liked it even more! 3y
LindsayReads @Suet624 @Gezemice In St. Louis, MO--where we take full advantage of global warming. 😂😔 3y
LindsayReads @Daisey I have! I read it a few years ago and was kind of lukewarm, but after reading this, I realize I need to give it another chance. 3y
Suet624 They are spectacular!! 3y
DivineDiana The most beautiful trees! 3y
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LindsayReads
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I'm finally getting around to starting this. Two hours in and I'm in love. Mai is difficult...she's a pre-teen afterall, and really Lai has written her really well in that regard...but Lulu Lam's delivery is on 🔥 Want to stay up all night for this!

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Christine
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I definitely recommend obeying the title's command - the audiobook is so great!! Though honestly I listened rather quickly because both the book and the performance were too good to step away from for long. 😉

shawnmooney I too loved it on audio! I'll never get over how well the narrator was able to do the Texas-accented English of the one Vietnamese lad… :-) 3y
ReadingEnvy What a beautiful cover! 3y
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Ange44
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What a lovely little book this was. I read this for the Book Riot #readharder challenge. Twelve year old Mai's parents send her to Vietnam to learn more about her roots and I really enjoyed taking the journey with her. Also, I love the beautiful cover!

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mdhughes72
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Some great books are ruined by the audio. This case is the opposite. I don't think I'd have appreciated or enjoyed this anywhere near as much if I didn't have the superb narrator for the Vietnamese portions and the accented English. Earthy yet haunting story about crossing back over the miles and the years. Ancient and evergreen. Pitch perfect for older and younger lovers of good writing.

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szainabwilliams
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I was nearly driven crazy by hunger, but I persevered, frequented my local pho shop until they knew my order by heart, and got through this funny, beautiful book. I loved the voice of whip smart Mai, and her story made me chuckle as I recalled memories of visiting my family in Singapore as a teen.

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irisonbooks
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This started out as a bit too much "whiny teenager" for me, but the middle and end part of the book quickly redeemed that. The language in this book is beautiful. And I love the scenes between Mai and her grandmother. These are truly the core of the book: Mai's growing respect for her grandmother and Vietnam as they visit her grandmother's birth village together. #diversereads #diversebooks

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“I tell you of loss, my child, so you will listen, slowly, and know that in life every emotion is fated to rear itself within your being. Don‘t judge it proper or ugly. It‘s simply there and yours. When you should happen to cry, then cry, knowing that just as easily you will laugh again and cry again. Your feelings will enter the currents of your core and there they shall remain.”

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katcanwrite
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Listening to this now. Love it so far. The narrator is awesome!

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katcanwrite
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Listening to this now. Love it so far. The narrator is awesome!

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Julsmarshall
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We both loved it! I read this for the @bookriot #readharder challenge and I'm so thrilled I did! A great middle grade book, it transported me to Vietnam through the eyes of a tween with a lot of family stuff going on. The characters were deep, charming and a little complicated. So, so good! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

shawnmooney I listened to it on audio last year and really enjoyed it too! 3y
MrBook Great review! 😻 3y
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Julsmarshall
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I enjoy and appreciate the perspective I am blessed with when reading #pocauthors Here are just s few from bookshelf as well as my current library read, Listen, Slowly, which I am loving! #septphotochallenge #day4 #somethingforsept #diversity

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Amanda
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Was in the mood for some middle grade!

Liberty SO GOOD. 3y
MaureenMc I just picked up her first one! Is this one also in verse? 3y
BookBerries I love this book ❤️ 3y
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KateComeau What a beautiful cover!! 3y
Amanda @MaureenMc it's not! 3y
kdwinchester Such a gorgeous book! The audiobook is wonderful. 3y
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kdwinchester
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Last year, I had the privilege of writing a Vietnamese refugee's memoir, which was published this past February. This book could have been the voice of his daughter and reminded me of all the hours I listened to Chuck's story. Thanhha Lai carefully lays out the complicated cultural differences, the family names, titles of respect, and basic language lessons—all in this short middle grade novel. Amazing! | 🌟🌟🌟🌟

shawnmooney This was the first book I read based on a recommendation by either Rebecca or Liberty on All The Books, last year. I actually listened to it on audio via Scribd and, wow, was the narrator ever awesome! She did all of the accents including – I forget the young man's name, now – English with a Vietnamese – Texan accent! :-) 3y
kdwinchester @shawnmooney Yes!! I did the audio too! Agreed. The narrator is fantastic. 3y
KVanRead One of my daughter's favorite books is 3y
kdwinchester @KVanRead I love that one to. I will now read anything this author puts out there. ❤️ 3y
Daisey I liked this one, but thought Inside Out and Back Again was so much better! Although after these comments I'm kind of tempted to find the audio. 3y
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MeghanK
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A little reading before I head to bed.

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BookBerries
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I got this book knowing nothing about it. I loved the title and the Jacqueline Woodson blurb closed the deal.
What an amazing wonderful beautiful sweet and enriching read.
This middle grade book follows the story of Mai, an American girl with Vietnamese heritage, on a journey of self discovery that was so well done it left me feeling like it actually happened to myself.
I loved loved loved it.

Jellybeanbon The cover is absolutely beautiful 😍 3y
Treatyoshelf Yessss! Inside Out is wonderful too. 3y
tanged I enjoyed this one!! 💙 3y
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Ellsbeth
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I enjoyed this book, the characters, their struggles, and their journies. Lai paints a fascinating sensory picture of Vietnam.

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