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Young Adult Fiction Asia

A Grain of Rice

by (author) Nhung Tran-Davies

Publisher
Tradewind Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2018
Category
Asia, General (see also headings under Social Themes), Prejudice & Racism
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781926890333
    Publish Date
    Nov 2018
    List Price
    $19.95

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Reading age: 12 to 13

Description

Thirteen—year—old Yen and her family have survived a war, famine and persecution. When a flood ruins their village in rural Vietnam, they take the ultimate risk on a chance for a better life.

About the author

Nhung N. Tran—Davies is a physician and advocate for social justice through education. Her family came to Canada as refugees from Vietnam when she was five years old. Nhung and her family live outside Edmonton, Alberta.

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Editorial Reviews

"Tran-Davies does not shy away from the terrible realities of post-war Vietnam, including the poverty, corruption, and violence that affected its citizens. The events in this novel are based on history and will act as curriculum tie-in for middle school students. Yen is a well-written character, a strong young teen, struggling to understand the world around her. Ma speaks little, but much is learned by her actions. Much is included in this book including many secondary characters and the many political and social issues of the time.
Highly Recommended."
CM Magazine

"A suspenseful action story. . . which gives insight into the events that still haunt Canada's Vietnamese population — and the struggles of refugees past and present.
Quill & Quire