WHEN HEAVEN FELL by Carolyn Marsden

WHEN HEAVEN FELL

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Nine-year-old Binh has dreamed of leaving her home in Vietnam and seeing the outside world, but now that world is coming to her. Binh’s grandmother, Ba Ngoai, announces that her daughter, Di, is coming from America, and since Binh thinks all Americans are rich, maybe she’ll bring a new bike, or a CD player, a radio, dresses. Maybe she’ll take her back to America. But Binh comes to learn that her aunt is not rich, and her time in America has not been easy; she wasn’t Vietnamese anymore, and she wasn’t American. Back in Vietnam, she doesn’t understand that culture either. In this sensitive tale of cultural misperceptions, Binh and Di learn from each other, and Di finds a way to fulfill Binh’s dream of making her way into the world. Marsden’s simply written story of family and the legacy of war is full of subtle details about life in contemporary Vietnam, and Binh is an appealing young girl whose dreams will resonate with all young readers. A good match with Andrea Warrren’s Escape from Saigon (2004). (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: March 1st, 2007
ISBN: 0-7636-3175-2
Page count: 192pp
Publisher: Candlewick
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2007




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