Caudill Book of the Week!

2018 Caudill Nominees!

Have you read any of the 2018 Caudill Books?  20 books are nominated every year for the Caudill Award, and they are displayed in the Youth Services Department.  Take a look at our staff review for this week’s featured book!

Listen Slowly

By: Thanhha Lai

Pages: 260

Lexile Level: 800L


Mai (Mia) is really upset that she has to spend the summer before 7th grade in Vietnam. She would much rather stay at home in California with her mom (a lawyer) and hang out around at the beach. Instead, she is going with her dad (a doctor) and her grandma, Ba, in order to try and find out what really happened to her grandpa, Ong, in 1975 when he was officially declared MIA at the end of the Vietnam War. The book shows how Mai, who at first was aghast at the conditions people lived in, learns how important cultural heritage is to the people of Vietnam. She makes friends and learns about her ancestors by listening to the stories of Ba and other people in the village.

Reviewed By: Jen T.

Click Here for a List of all 20 Caudill Nominees

Created by Jen Trotta on May 27th, 2017 @ 2:32 PM.
Updated on Aug 29th, 2017 @ 1:07 PM.