This year, Middle Reader Book Club this summer has a Cook & Book theme and is taking direction from National Ambassador for Children's Literature Gene Luen Yang, and the Reading Without Walls Challenge.
We will be reading a book set in a different part of the world each week, and then making the local version of pancakes as an activity and snack.
This week, we travel to Vietnam with the book Listen, Slowly by Thanhha Lai
*This book club will not be ideal for children with gluten allergies.
This New York Times bestselling novel from Thanhha Lai, author of the National Book Award–winning and Newbery Honor Book Inside Out & Back Again, follows a young girl as she discovers the true meaning of family.
Mai has been shipped off to Vietnam with her grandmother, who is traveling there to find out what happened to her husband during the Vietnam War. Mai’s parents think this trip is a great opportunity for her to learn more about her roots. But Vietnam is hot, smelly, and the last place Mai wants to be during vacation. Besides barely speaking the language, she doesn’t know the geography, the local customs, or even her distant relatives. To survive this trip, Mai will be forced to find the balance between her two completely different worlds.
Listen, Slowly is an irresistibly charming and emotionally poignant tale of a girl who discovers that home is not found on a map, but is instead made up of the people she surrounds herself with and who she calls family.