Listen, Slowly


“This book is at once funny, thoughtful and stunningly engaging.  I loved, loved loved it! Can't wait for my own daughter -- and every reader who is lucky enough  to get their hands on it -- to step inside Mai's two, very different, worlds.”  (Jacqueline Woodson, author of the National Book Award-winning Brown Girl Dreaming)


"These heart-stopping passages further shift Mai’s position from outsider to insider to, finally, truly bicultural, just as “Listen, Slowly” invites readers to see Vietnam from the inside out — and back again."  (New York Times)


“Lai does a superb job of creating a memorable setting and populating it with fully developed, complex characters. Gracefully written, Listen, Slowly is a sometimes humorous, always thought-provoking coming-of-age story.” (Booklist (starred review))



" The sights, smells, and tastes of Vietnam’s cities and villages come alive on the page, without overwhelming a story filled with a summers-worth of touching and hilarious moments, grand adventure, and lazy afternoons."   (School Library Journal (starred review))



"As she did in her National Book Award–winning Inside Out & Back Again, Lai offers a memorable heroine and cultural journey—ones that are clever near-opposites of those in that book, as Lai trades verse for prose and an immigrant’s story for one of a girl fully immersed in American culture. The story capably stands on its own, yet considered alongsideInside Out, it’s all the more rewarding. "  (Publishers Weekly (starred review))



Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai



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